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 Hernando Center Kaco's Adds Life Saving to Child Caring

Click here to read the story featured in the DeSoto Times-Tribune


Hernando Excel By 5 offers a free children’s health fair, new parent resource guides, child care trainings, early literacy workshops, car seat safety checks, bicycle safety instruction, distributes child development bags to parents of newborns and promotes early literacy by offering free children’s books at Excel By 5 community wide events.  The organization most recently started a Dolly Parton Imagination Library for children who live in the city limits, the first early literacy program of its kind in North Mississippi.

Find out more about Hernando's Dolly Parton Imagination Library


Read Their Lips: Imagination Library Encourages Literacy

Click here to read the story featured in the Desoto Times-Tribune


Tooth Fairy makes visit - Desoto Times Tribune

By ROBERT LEE LONG Community Editor
Published:  Tuesday, February 10, 2015 6:07 AM CST
Children at the Hernando ICS Head Start squealed and giggled as the Tooth Fairy made a surprise visit to the classroom on Monday as part of the Excel by 5 program's effort to promote good health, literacy and lifelong learning skills to the next generation.
The Tooth Fairy's alter ego, Cynthia Fisher, is a dental hygienist, who came dressed in a flowing gown and waving a magic toothbrush instead of a wand.


Teaching Kids to Excel - Desoto Times Tribune

Excel By 5 Program highlights safety
By ROBERT LEE LONG Community Editor
Published:  Thursday, October 23, 2014 1:05 AM CDT

HERNANDO — Sgt. Steve Tow directed traffic as he usually does and helmet-riding preschoolers on tricycles followed his commands as they pedaled through a small make-believe community in the parking lot of Kaco's Kids child care center.


H'do mayor hosted at White House - Desoto Times Tribune

Pastor joins Johnson in D.C. to talk about health

Community Editor
Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013 1:05 AM CDT
First Lady Michelle Obama hosted Hernando Mayor Chip Johnson at the White House Wednesday, celebrating the outstanding efforts of Hernando and other communities to complete health and wellness goals during the past year for Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties).


Hernando Fire and Life Safety Event May 2013

Hernando Excel by 5 participated in the Hernando Fire and Life Safety Day on Saturday, May 4th from 1-5 p.m. at Hernando Fire Station 2. This is the 8th year for this event designed to help improve fire and general life safety for families in Hernando. In addition to our game of bean bag toss which netted the participants a free library book (and the parents info about Excel by 5), the event included the distribution of free bicycle helmets and bike safety tips for kids. Hernando has a mandatory helmet ordinance for youth.  In addition the event included a fire safety trailer and classes, Entergy Arcs and Sparks Demo, fire extinguisher simulator, rescue tool demo by Hernando firefighters (the mayor was the “injured” motorist!), a demonstration by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks & US Army Corps of Engineers at Arkabutla Lake, child ID, MDOT seat belt simulator, and an appearance by The Wing Air Evac helicopter.

Click on the link for photos of this event. Fire and Life Safety Event Photos

Hernando Book Bag Distribution May 2013

Hernando Mayor Chip Johnson read a story, and then helped Excel by 5 Co-Certification Manager Victoria Penny distribute book bags to children at Hernando Head Start when the First Regional Library BookWagon visited the center on May Day. Each bag contained a copy of the book Tops and Bottoms, a child-sized shovel, and information about the Summer Library Program, the Hernando Community Garden, and the Hernando Farmers Market. The book bags were made possible by a Target Early Literacy Grant and a partnership between First Regional Library and the City of Hernando. The theme was “Plant the Seeds of Reading” to encourage early literacy, healthy eating, and involvement in the community garden!

Bags are also being distributed this month to children at Hernando Baptist Preschool & Kindergarten, Hernando United Methodist Preschool, and DeSoto Development Center.

Click on the link for photos on this event. Hernando Book Bag Distribution Photos

Town Hall Meeting Tonight: Excel By 5 Seeks to Get Children School Ready- Desoto Times Tribune

Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012 12:53 AM CDT
Special to the Times-Tribune

HERNANDO — Hernando’s budding Excel by 5 program is looking to build on its assessment of the needs of young children in the community by holding a Town Hall meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 4 in the city hall board room.


Public Invited to Give Input on Excel By 5 in Hernando- The Commercial Appeal

By Henry Bailey Posted September 30, 2012

"Is that the mummy?" asked little Bella Port, a just-turned 3-year-old, as she pointed to a fantastic figure in a book illustration for her nanny, Lisa Lackey.


Excel By 5 shaping next generation - Desoto Times Tribune

Community Editor

Published: Saturday, March 31, 2012 12:52 AM CDT

HERNANDO — Children's brains are three-fourths of an adult-sized brain by the age of three.


Hernando seeks Excel By 5 certification- The Commercial Appeal- Feb. 19, 2012

Program helps instill pre-schoolers' love of learning

Taking a first step to grow a community that boosts crucial early-childhood learning, Hernando is forming a coalition to support innovative "Excel By 5" certification.