The Movement

The Goal

Currently, of the 27,400 children in early childhood programs in Northwest Arkansas, only 69% are enrolled in high quality programs. Our goal is to ensure that every child in NWA, infant through pre-k, will have access to the highest quality of early childhood education and care.

Data as of April 2018.

The Solution

  1. Collaborate with every Northwest Arkansas Center
  2. Gain community commitment and support for high quality early childhood programming
  3. Support efforts to gain and sustain quality accreditation through professional and program development, accountability, resources and financial support, awareness and advocacy.
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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 Northwest Arkansas 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 Ready Nation

ReadyNation leverages the experience, influence, and expertise of over 2,000 business executives to promote public policies and programs that build a stronger workforce and economy. Since 2006, ReadyNation members have made a bottom-line case for effective, bipartisan investments in children as the future workforce that will drive success in the global marketplace.