Excel By 5
Excel By 5
Excel By 5 is a community-based certification designed to improve a child’s overall well-being by age five. The first-of-its-kind in the United States, this program emphasizes the important roles communities play in educating their children during their most formative years–birth to five.
Initially funded with a grant from Chevron, Excel By 5 is currently working with thirty-eight communities throughout the state of Mississippi, click here for locations.
Excel By 5 sets forth a variety of standards involving parent training, community participation, child care and health to help communities focus on supporting young children and their families. The certification process also identifies available resources and existing best practices to help Excel By 5 – Early Childhood Communities reach the goal that all of their children will be ready to learn when they start school at age five.
Welcome to Corinth-Alcorn County Excel By 5!
In June of 2014, The Corinth/Alcorn County Excel By 5 Coalition completed the requirements to become a certified Excel By 5 Early Childhood Community. A team of educators, community leaders, and parents continue to work together to help make Corinth/Alcorn County a more nurturing, safer environment for our children. “We are very thankful for all of the Corinth/Alcorn County Excel By 5 coalition members, volunteers and participating childcare centers who have ensured that our community is making every effort to secure a better future for our children,” said Bobby Capps, Crosswinds Ministries, Executive Director and Corinth/Alcorn County Excel By Coalition Member.
Locations throughout the State of Mississippi are mobilizing to ensure their children are better prepared for kindergarten and first grade.
Excel By 5 certification identifies gaps in community resources, promotes community collaboration, volunteerism and economic development. On the whole, children in Excel By 5 communities will be healthier and better prepared for kindergarten and first grade.
Communities begin the Excel By 5 certification process by forming a local leadership team made up of representatives from key community groups, including schools, churches, businesses, parents, hospitals, early care and education centers and government organizations.
The Excel By 5 certification requirements are divided into four groups: Community Involvement; Family and Parent Support; Early Care and Education; and Health and vary according to community size and capacity. The certification process takes about two years to complete, and the certification is awarded for three years.
Allison Hall,Co- Certification Manager
Yvonne Fair, Co-Certification Manager
Kolisha Strickland, Family and Parent Support Liaison