Since 1982, our commitment has been to provide families access to the highest quality early childhood education and care. 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 40,000 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. In 2014, these free outreach programs improved the quality of care being provided at o child care centers responsible for nearly 25,000 children under age five. Since 2009 our work helped double the number of centers that have obtained quality accreditation. Helen R. Walton Children?s Enrichment Center won the 2013 Northwest Arkansas Best of the Best and the 2012 Arkansas Non-Profit of the Year.