Mississippi First Lady Marsha Barbour joined early childhood development experts and Chevron to launch Excel by Five, a community-based educational program designed to improve a child’s overall well-being by age 5. Originally funded with a $650,000 grant from Chevron, the program is currently in eleven communities including Biloxi, Cleveland, Hattiesburg, Hollandale, Mid-Jackson, Monroe County, Moss Point, Oktibbeha County, Pascagoula, Petal and West Point, MS.
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 - Certified Communities reach the goal that all of the children in their community will be ready to learn when they start school at age five.
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