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Excel by Eight

Excel by Eight The vision for the initiative is for all Arkansas children to have access to quality health care and education that maximizes their full potential, regardless of gender, income, ethnicity, or geography. When communities have a fully powered grid of family, health, education, and community resources, child development outcomes improve.
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Excel by Eight, formerly The Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading has launched a namesake initiative called E8 in partnership with Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Arkansas Community Foundation and Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. The vision for the initiative is for all Arkansas children to have access to quality health care and education that maximizes their full potential, regardless of gender, income, ethnicity, or geography. When communities have a fully powered grid of family, health, education, and community resources, child development outcomes improve.

In collaborating with the state-wide network of Excel by Eight, the Batesville Area Chamber and area partners are creating a model of change for building and repairing Independence County’s resource grid. This model is fueling a statewide movement, aiming to propel Arkansas to the top of national rankings on child health and education outcomes.

Jamie Rayford & Crystal Johnson, Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce
Whitney Massey, Parent at Large
Brooke Stevenson, Parent at Large
Jennifer Douglas, Batesville School District
Abbi Limbaugh, Cedar Ridge School District
Bani Meharg, Midland School District
Kim Poole/Novella Humphrey, Southside School District
Dr. Julia Roulier/Brandi Nelson, UAMS NorthCentral Regional Campus
Clint Shackelford/Kristie Jenkins, ARCare
Amy Finster, White River Health System
Dr. Leslie Milton, Tooth Be Told Pediatric Dentistry
Mary Katherine Hardin, Stars Academy
Mindy Shaw, UACCB Early Childhood Development
Debbie Mize, NorthCentral Arkansas Child Care Aware
Leslie Patterson, Pinnacle Pointe Outpatient Behavioral Health
Michele Puckett, Batesville Preschool & Kid Care
Jessica Gilmer, Midland Preschool & Tiny Tots
Lisa McGhee, Southside Preschool & T.R.A.C.K.S.

Centennial Bank
Citizens Bank
First Community Bank
Peco Foods
UAMS

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