Inspiring Us This Week: Helen Walton Children’s Enrichment Center

The Helen Walton Children’s Enrichment Center is continuously growing and improving on the ways they can provide for families in the Northwest Arkansas region through the quality care and educational excellence of children. Their commitment to innovating the quality of educational values and importance they put on the diversity of their program makes them stand out. The Helen Walton Children’s Enrichment Center provides an ECIC (early childhood initiative center) where early childhood educators can share their knowledge with one another. The Helen Walton’s Children Enrichment Center is “Inspiring Us” this week because of their intensive dedication to improving the quality of education for children all across Northwest Arkansas!

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Pre-Service Training

“The ECIC is one of the best local outlets for my team. Through their collaborative vision not only myself, but my teachers have met some amazing colleagues, and received some excellent training. The resources and knowledge gained are a huge asset to the children here in Northwest Arkansas. I am very pleased and honored to be a special part of this group!”

Quality Preparatory Program

“The ECIC has been an invaluable resource for our center. Our staff frequent the resource room for necessary materials to aid in managing their own classrooms, and about 75% of the continuing education training our staff and administrators attend is organized by and held at the ECIC. As a hub for training and resources for childcare professionals, the ECIC is also a great place to build networks. The ECIC is a beacon for all childcare centers in NW Arkansas.”

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Did you know?

  • As a 3 star rated program, we took a strategic leadership role in 2009 by opening the Early Childhood Initiatives Center (ECIC) to support the programs that provide care and education to over 32,000 children in Northwest Arkansas.
  • We train early childhood professionals on state licensing requirements, early childhood education, nutrition, business development, quality accreditation, and also offer mini-grants, educator library, resource center and technical assistance.
  • When the ECIC opened in 2009, 19% of centers in NWA were quality accredited. United Way has been a long-time supporter of ECIC programs and have helped that number grow to 48% today. All centers that have gained accreditation have been involved with the ECIC in some capacity.

If you’re interested in helping this program so that you can assist individuals as they work to move forward on the path to success, check out what your gift can do:

$5 a week ($260 a year) will provide:

$260 per year allows two new early childhood professionals to receive detailed training on safety, minimum state licensing requirements and behavioral guidance before they enter a classroom.

$10 a week ($520 a year) will provide:

$520 a year will support comprehensive and ongoing professional development for one early childhood professional for one year.

$20 a week ($1,040 a year) will provide:

$1040 per year will support ECIC trainings designed to improve the knowledge, skills/behaviors and attitudes of the early childhood workforce in Northwest Arkansas. This investment will allow two new early childhood professionals to receive detailed training on safety, minimum state licensing requirements and behavioral guidance before they enter a classroom.

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