Launched in the Fall of 2004, Excel By 5 is an innovative program designed to encourage and assist communities to become actively involved in supporting their young children. The first of its kind, this certification emphasizes the important roles parents and primary caregivers play in educating children during their most formative years, birth to five.

The project identifies gaps in community resources, promotes community collaboration, volunteerism and economic development. On the whole, we expect children in Excel By 5 communities will be healthier and better prepared for kindergarten and first grade. The success of Excel By 5 is driven by the community and their efforts to meet certification.

The Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi is supporting the efforts of any Northwest Mississippi community to become an Excel by 5 candidate and certified community.

Causes that Matter

Programs

Excel By 5

An innovative program designed to encourage and assist communities to become actively involved in supporting their young children

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The Box Project

Providing support for the growth and success of recipient families with the goal of alleviating suffering and increasing self sufficiency

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Community Digital Scholars Program

Through the Community Digital Scholars Program, schools across the state receive access to cutting-edge digital courses at no charge.

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Maddox Foundation Volunteer Center

Matching potential volunteers and nonprofits in eleven counties in northwest Mississippi through Get Connected - an online volunteer management system. Capacity building workshops for nonprofits are also offered.

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Panola County Community Foundation

Serving as a bridge between an individual's personal desire to give and the fulfillment of that charitable will. The Panola County Community Foundation is unique in that funds can be distributed across a wide range of needs including areas such as education, healthcare, and early-intervention programs.

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