Outreach & Services

Excel By 5

A WCU Partnership

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. 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. Funded initially with a grant from Chevron, Excel By 5 is currently in twenty-four communities including Biloxi, Central Clarke County, Cleveland, Copiah County, Corinth/Alcorn County, Grenada County, Gulfport, Hancock County, Hattiesburg, Hernando, Hollandale, Indianola, Lafayette County, Lee County, McComb, Mid-Jackson, Moss Point, New Albany/Union County, North Madison County, Oktibbeha County, Pascagoula, Petal, Stone County, 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 - Early Childhood Communities reach the goal that all of their children will be ready to learn when they start school at age five.

Want to know more?

Click here - Excel By 5 - Hattiesburg Partnership

Contact Information

WCU Coordinator
Dr. Bitsy Browne-Miller
(601) 318-6217

Mississippi Association of Partners in Education

2016 Partnership Excellence Award

Students impacted: 310
Volunteers: 12
Duration of partnership: 1 year

Pinebelt360, a faith-based organization, provided over 120 volunteers for a school-beautification project, helps mentor and tutor students, and has been instrumental in building school partnerships throughout the community. William Carey University provides free access to after-school tutoring services. Impact Education provides leadership support to the principal and leadership team throughout the school year. School Status analyzes data at no cost to the school or district and led a professional development session at the start of the school year for teachers. This analysis tool has been instrumental in helping teachers make data-driven decisions that reinforce the school’s vision.

• "Shine Events" focus on campus revitalization and partnership-recruitment
• Professional development
• Leadership support
• Free online services to access data (discipline, state assessments, district-wide assessments, attendance, and student information).

• Increased number of volunteers
• Increased number of student teachers
• Increased number of practicum students in math classrooms
• More effective use and application of school data