In 2009, the Helen R. Walton Children’s Enrichment Center expanded beyond our walls to move early childhood in Northwest Arkansas toward collaboration instead of competition and so we began planting seeds beyond our walls.

When the ECIC opened in 2009, 19% of centers in NWA were quality accredited. To date, 69% of centers are quality accredited. All centers that have gained accreditation have been involved with the ECIC in some capacity.

But we still have a long way to go. The current ECIC facility has outgrown its capacity to serve licensed centers in the NWA region. By not having the space and resources to reach all licensed centers in NWA, we are leaving 17,000 young children behind.

That’s why we are launching the It Takes a Village to Raise a Child capital campaign.