Excel by Eight



Excel by Eight’s goal is to ensure all Arkansas children have equitable access to health care and education that maximizes their full potential.

When communities are fully plugged into a grid of family, health, education, and community resources, children’s development outcomes improve. 

An unreliable or patchy flow of resources to the grid can result in a range of child development challenges with potentially long-lasting consequences. Creating a reliable grid, one in which all families and communities are equally plugged in, will help ensure all children have what they need to thrive.

E8 will improve child health and education outcomes and decrease existing gaps by:

       1. Building models for change in communities around the state.

       2. Identifying and addressing policy barriers that make it difficult for communities to build and strengthen their resource grids.

       3. Building public understanding of early childhood development and the public will to strengthen resource grids statewide.

The first cohort of E8 communities is working with parents, educators, health professionals, and other community members to identify gaps in their resource grids and develop strategies for improving child outcomes.

Excel by Eight is a collaboration of the following organizations:

  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Arkansas Chapter
  • Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families
  • Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators
  • Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
  • Arkansas Children’s Hospital’s Natural Wonders Partnership Council
  • Arkansas Community Foundation
  • Arkansas Department of Education, Division of Elementary and Secondary Education, Learning Services
  • Arkansas Department of Education,  Division of Elementary and Secondary Education, Learning Services, School Health Services
  • Arkansas Department of Health, Center for Health Advancement, Family Health
  • Arkansas Department of Health, Center for Health Protection, Immunization and Outbreak Control
  • Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education
  • Arkansas Foodbank
  • Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care
  • Arkansas Head Start State Collaboration Office
  • Arkansas Home Visiting Network
  • Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance
  • Arkansas Association for Infant Mental Health 
  • Arkansas Out of School Network 
  • Arkansas Public Policy Panel
  • Arkansas School Boards Association 
  • Arkansas State University, Childhood Services
  • Delta Dental Foundation
  • Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
  • Dot to Dot Consulting
  • Partners for Inclusive Communities
  • Rural Community Alliance
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation