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Champions Tour Player Reads to School Kids in Biloxi

One pro golfer took a break from practicing for this weekend's tournament to visit a group of children in Biloxi. Esteban Toledo read a book about golfing to a group of preschool students at the ABC Child Development Center on Popps Ferry Road. Children counted golf...

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Excel By 5 Names Eileen Beazley Executive Director

Excel By 5 Board President Nadine Coleman today announced that Eileen Beazley has been selected to serve as Executive Director of one of Mississippi's leading early learning advocacy and engagement organizations active in 38 communities across Mississippi. Beazley...

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Toledo Champions Literacy on MS Gulf Coast

by Amy M. Wilson, Tulane University and Susan Lamey

One professional golfer and 15 4-year olds equals a morning of fun and learning.

Champions Tour professional Esteban Toledo took time to read “Count on Golf” to a group of preschoolers at ABC Child Development Center while in Biloxi, Mississippi, last week to play in the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic presented by C Spire.

The event was an effort to support the Excel by 5, an innovative early childhood community certification process focusing on a community’s young children. The program emphasizes the important role parents and early childhood educators play in the lives of children during their most formative years — birth to five.  Biloxi is currently a certified EB5 community among many others on the coast.

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Please Visit the Excel By 5 Community Pages

Excel By 5 continues to grow.  Please take a few moments and visit our community pages to learn more about the great things happening to support children ages 0-5. If your community is not participating with Excel By 5, please contact the state office at...

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John Miller: Maintain the Momentum for Quality Pre-K in Mississippi


A Sun Herald Forum – March 31, 2014 

Mississippi made history in 2013 when it created its first-ever state preschool program. As a bipartisan effort led by state Sen. Brice Wiggins, R-Pascagoula, it was a remarkable start to a journey that should enable all of our kids to be truly “ready-to-learn” when they head off to school. Unfortunately, it’s just the beginning — we need to ensure the program has the resources to succeed for the sake of families today and crime reduction in the coming years.

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Hub City Excel By 5 Now Certified

Hattiesburg American, Wednesday, August 14, 2014 by American Staff Writer Ellen Ciurczak

The City of Hattiesburg has become a certified Excel By 5 community after more than two years of hard work gathering a coalition of volunteers from the education, health, business, non-profit and government sectors — all invested in supporting young children. 

Hattiesburg becomes the 12th community in Mississippi to obtain Excel By 5 certification.

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Chevron Pascagoula Refinery, Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Partner for Excel By 5

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Contact:Frank Kay;Media Relations Manager, Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic

BILOXI, Miss. – As part of the company’s ongoing commitment to early childhood education, Chevron Pascagoula Refinery, in partnership with the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic (MGRC), has made a $25,000 contribution to Excel By 5 to support programs in five Excel By 5 communities along the Gulf Coast. “Through local partnerships, like those with MGRC and Excel By 5, Chevron supports the education and leadership development of children of all ages,” said Alan Sudduth, Chevron Public and Government Affairs Manager for Mississippi.

Chevron committed the funds during the MGRC tournament in March, and participated in the formal check presentation on May 6. The presentation included Ed Day, MGRC Chairman of the Board of Directors and Mississippi Power President and CEO; Bob Clay, Executive Director of Excel By 5; Patti Fleming, Excel By 5 Regional Sites Coordinator; Steve Nieman, MGRC Tournament Director; and Sudduth.

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The Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi Commits $150,000 in Support of Excel By 5 Community

HERNANDO, Miss., June 30, 2011 — Excel By 5, Inc. announced today (June 30, 2011) its partnership with the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi (CFNM).  CFNM will invest $150,000 to expand Excel By 5 into Northwest Mississippi.  Excel By 5 will use the funds to provide a coordinator to work over the next three years with eight counties to improve early learning opportunities.   

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