Campaign Goal

$15.3 of $16.5 million raised

Key Moments


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.

Quality of Life

While NWA continues to rank as a premier job growth region, our community has identified access to high quality early childhood programs the top quality of life concern.

Early Childhood Education

The Northwest Arkansas Council includes early childhood education in the solution toward creating a demand driven workforce model.

Partnership with Invest in US

The Helen R. Walton Children’s Enrichment Center becomes a national nonprofit partner with Invest in US – a nationwide initiative that challenges business leaders, philanthropists, advocates, public officials and the public to build a better nation through high quality early childhood programs for children from birth through age 5.