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. 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 their children will be ready to learn when they start school at age five. The Mid-Jackson Community will be the area provided support as part of the Jackson, MS Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. United Way of the Capital Area serves as one of the lead partners for the Jackson Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and the Fiscal Agent for Excel by 5 North Madison and Mid-Jackson.