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Excel by Eight Steering Committee Attends State-Wide Learning Community

| | April 02, 2020

Members of the Excel by Eight Steering Committee attended a state-wide learning community event in Little Rock March 12-13th. 

The event, hosted by the Arkansas Grade-Level Reading Campaign, brought together leaders from 5+ communities for two days to discuss work towards the initiative, which is designed to improve child development outcomes by equipping communities with a fully powered grid of family, health, education and community resources. 

Leaders in attendance were: 
Jamie Rayford, COO Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce
Jennifer Douglas, Assistant Superintendent Batesville School District
Lisa McGhee, Preschool Director Southside School District
Mindy Shaw, Early Childhood Education Instruction UACCB

Attendees were given the opportunity to hear presentations from non-profits and state-agencies on the following grid resources: 

  • Science of Reading, RISE Arkansas (Reading Initiative for Student Excellence)
  • Sevier County Student Achievement Spotlight, DeQueen School District and Horatio School District
  • Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education
  • Infant and Toddler Mental Health, Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Behavioral Health and Medical Services
  • Early Education Foundations Policy Agenda for 2021 Legislative Session

Attendees also got to "speed date" with each agency to ask county specific questions and hear ideas and opportunities for our area. Among the pursuits brought back were: 
  • Science of Reading training for Infant and Toddler programs (new grant program)
  • Infant and toddler mental health opportunities to partner with healthcare providers and medicaid
  • Child care licensing barrier discussion with DHS with opportunity for follow-up meeting with Independence County schools
  • Opportunity to host a showing of "No Small Matter" documentary to community and business leaders


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