Main Street Clinic works with Excel By 5 to provide wellness exams at daycares

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The Louisville/ Winston County (LWC) Excel By 5 program is partnering with The Main Street Clinic to provide Children’s Well ness Exams through visits to pre-selected Winston County licensed childcare centers that also partner with the LWC Excel BY 5 program.
 
The purpose of these visits is to focus on a healthy mind and body as part of the Excel By 5 certification process. This program emphasizes the important roles communities play in ensuring that
Winston County children are happy, healthy and ready to learn when they reach Kindergarten.
 
The mission of the LWC Excel By 5 Program is to ensure that all children enter kindergarten prepared to succeed in school and in life.
 
To this end, one of the primary goals is to support early childhood educators in providing positive learning opportunities for all Winston County infants, toddlers, and pre-schoolers. Some of the strategies of an Excel by 5 community are to discover vision, hearing, emotional, and physical disabilities early in a child’s life. The excel by 5 community also seeks to educate children and parents through the use of physical activity, arts, and music education, as well as general learning activities.
 
Another part of the certification process is to encourage the county’s licensed childcare centers and Head Start to engage in dialogue with the school systems so that the three parties can discuss how to better prepare children for school.
 
When parent see the Excel By 5 logo on a childcare center’s door, they know the center director partners with other childcare centers, Head Start, and Louisville Municipal School District so their children will be ready for kindergarten. Day care center directors interested in obtaining more information about this program should contact Mr. Steve Eiland, Certification Manager @ 662.773.2036.
 
Louisville/Winston County Excel By 5 Program is seeking support from Winston County businesses, civic groups, churches, and citizens. Volunteers are solicited for the coalition committee. Financial donations can be made to Winston County Partners for Community Living, Inc. (WCPCL), c/o Louisville/Winston County Excel by 5 and the funds will be used to obtain resources to ensure school readiness through Excel By 5. All gifts stay local to help this project.
 
WCPCL is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, so all donations are tax deductible as allowed bycurrent federal and state tax law. Please mail your donations to Winston County Partners for Communitv Living. Inc .. P.O. Box 1083. Louisville. MS 39339.
 
Attending training
Also, recently volunteers with Excel by 5 attended an event to learn how Excel by 5 and other resources may benefit the county.
 
Several locals joined more than 200 attendees at the 2015 Excel by 5 State Summit networking and sharing learnings to support local efforts to improve early learning. To date 39 communities have embraced this family-focused process to improving early learning. Louisville/Winston County is an Excel by 5 candidate community. Funded originally in 2004 with a grant from Chevron, Excel by 5 provides a model for parents, caregivers, educators, healthcare providers, business and community leaders to support families and child care providers to improve access to early learning resources and services to provide the best possible health, development and education environment for children ages 0 to 5.

Emily Perkins of Main Street Medical working with the dyacares on medical screenings.

Emily Perkins of Main Street Medical working with the dyacares on medical screenings.

Deborah Holmes (from left) and Bertha Macon, both of Louisville/Winston County,  at the 2015 Excel by 5 State Summit

Deborah Holmes (from left) and Bertha Macon, both of Louisville/Winston County, at the 2015 Excel by 5 State Summit

Tasha Jackson-Sow (left) of Tunica County and Anita Terrell of Louisville/Winston Count at the 2015 Excel by 5 State Summit

Tasha Jackson-Sow (left) of Tunica County and Anita Terrell of Louisville/Winston Count at the 2015 Excel by 5 State Summit

Steve Eiland (left) of Louisville/Winston County and Helen Patton-Kennard of West Point at the 2015 Excel by 5 State Summit

Steve Eiland (left) of Louisville/Winston County and Helen Patton-Kennard of West Point at the 2015 Excel by 5 State Summit

Annie Hudson (left) of Louisville/Winston County and Jeremy Brown of Petal at the 2015 Excel by 5 State Summit

Annie Hudson (left) of Louisville/Winston County and Jeremy Brown of Petal at the 2015 Excel by 5 State Summit