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Excel By 5

Excel by 5 is a certification process for early childhood education that is organized to help communities support young children and their families so that all children will be ready to learn when they start school. The program establishes standards for parental training, community participation, child care standards, and health care standards. The certification process also identifies available resources and existing best practices. Indianola has been certified as an Excel by 5 community since 2014. They were successfully re-certified in 2019!

Indianola Excel by 5’s purpose is to ensure that Indianola is on track to become and remain a “Child-friendly” community. This includes creating a safe environment in which children will grow and providing information and resources to help families sustain a healthy household financially, mentally, or physically. By addressing these needs, Excel by 5 prepares children for a successful transition into kindergarten.   


Excel by 5, Inc. and partnering organizations form a coalition, including Delta Health Alliance, the City of Indianola, Sunflower County Library System, Woodforest Bank, Head Start, Early Head Start, EHS Childcare Partnership, Sunflower County Consolidated School District, DHA Social Services Collaborative, and SPARK (Supporting Parents to Assure Ready Kids).

Funded by:

U.S. Department of Education-Indianola Promise Community grant and other external grants and donations

How to Enroll:

Anyone is invited to join the coalition. Meetings are held quarterly at the Indianola Promise Community office. Members can be invited to join the coalition or contact the Certification Manager, Kirstian Mapp, at (662) 390-6250 or at kmapp@deltahealthalliance.org. You may also receive additional information from the office of the Mayor of Indianola at (662) 887-1825 or mayor@indianolams.gov.

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