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Excel By 5 Hosts Early Care and Education Conference this Saturday


The LOU Excel By 5 Coalition will host its first ever Early Care & Education Conference on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2p.m. at the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church at 800 Van Buren Avenue in Oxford. Approximately 100 educators, representing 11 childcare centers and schools, are registered to attend this free event. This conference is funded and supported by United Way of Oxford & Lafayette County, with many other local sponsors – including First Baptist Church – providing generous in-kind donations.


EXCELebration Celebrates Little Ones - The Oxford Eagle

Free party for all families set Saturday
Staff Writer

Last year, the LOU Excel by 5 Coalition held its first EXCELebration after achieving the laborious task of getting Oxford certified as a child-friendly community.  This year, they are holding the event again just to have some fun and spread awareness about the importance of early chilldhood education. 


Excel By 5 Tweaks Goals, Priorities - The Oxford Eagle


Staff Writer 

With Oxford being a certified child-friendly community, members of the LOU Excel by 5 coalition reached out to the community to gain insight on its long and shortterm goals, and priority projects and brainstorm for new ideas during a town hall-style meeting Tuesday at the Oxford Conference Center. 


Helping The Youngest Among Us - The Oxford Eagle


Staff Writer

Now that Oxford is a certified child-friendly community with a focus on pre-schoolers, the LOU Excel by 5 Coalition is looking at how to keep the momentum going and providing as many services and resources to children 0 to 5 years old to retain the certification.


Excel By 5 Community Celebration Set for Saturday- Oxford Eagle

Staff Writer

The EXCELebration to honor the community’s recently earned Excel by 5 certification will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center. In collaboration with United Way of Oxford, the party will be free and open to the public but targeted toward families with children age 5 or younger. Events include arts and crafts, songs and story time, and games.


Lafayette County Certified ‘Child Friendly’- HottyToddy.com

Lafayette County can add another community title to its present lineup of awards and accolades making it an attractive place to live, but the newest community title is dedicated to the area’s youngest group of residents –– Lafayette County children under the age of five.


Chevron Recognizes Excel By 5 Program - United Way of Oxford-Lafayette County

Chevron, major sponsor of the Excel by 5 Program, sponsored the January 18th UM vs MSU basketball game and chose to highlight the work of the Excel by 5 Program (www.excelby5.com) in Mississippi from the gametron to the game ball.  The Lafayette Oxford University (LOU) Excel by 5 Coalition was also honored as Kathy Sukanek, Executive Director of United Way, received the game ball from John Hartwell, Senior Executive Associate Athletic Director.  Sukanek was chosen by the Coalition to receive the game ball.  United Way is serving as the lead institution in LOU’s effort to seek certification as a child friendly community through the Excel by 5 Program.  LOU Excel by 5 Coalition members and Excel by 5 Program staff distributed information on both programs before the game and during half time.  And Ole Miss won!

News link: http://www.unitedwayoxfordms.org/chevron-recognizes-excel-5-program

Oxford Eagle Newspaper Article (Pre-Community Meeting)

Article detailing upcoming "Community Conversation"


Oxford Eagle Newspaper Article (Post-Community Meeting)

Article outlining the issues discussed at Excel By 5 "Community Conversation"


Excel By 5 Summit Approaching

On Wednesday, October 12th, the Excel By 5 Community Collaboration Summit will be held in Jackson, MS at the Old Capitol Inn.


A proud moment for our movement...

Shared by Kathy Sukanek, LOU United Way Executive Director
Tuesday, August 9, 2011

United Way's business strategies and the work local United Ways are doing to mobilize communities is getting noticed and attracting resources.  Here is an example - and evidence - that should inspire us all.