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Excel By 5 is an innovative early childhood community certification process focusing on a community’s young children. It emphasizes the important roles parents and early childhood educators play in the lives of children during their most formative years – birth to age 5.

Tupelo/Lee County has been a certified early childhood community since 2016.

In 2017, Shelly Brooks joined the United Way staff as the certification manager for Excel By 5, thanks to a grant from the Toyota Wellspring Education Fund. Under Shelly’s leadership, Lee County has seen the building of new relationships between school districts and childcare centers, professional development and resource sharing between schools, childcares, and Head Start, and amazing growth in all aspects of Excel By 5: health and safety, family and parent support, and early care and education.

Excel By 5 also provides 1,200 children each month with free books through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program.

For more information, contact Shelly Brooks at shelly@unitedwaynems.org or 662-432-0170.


Excel By 5 Resources and News

 

Excel By 5 website

Lee County Excel By 5 on Facebook

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Excel By 5 Resource Guide 2018

UNITED (WAY) APPROACH: Initiatives seeking to make impact on early education (Daily Journal)

Back 2 School Resource Fair provides supplies for Lee County children

Pilot program prepares new kindergarteners: NEMS Daily Journal

Excel by 5 program expanding to more kids