February 2018 News
This year, let your Valentine's Gift  help change lives
for abused and neglected children.

Make an impact in a child's life by donating to
EOA Children's House for Valentine's Day.
With your donation you will receive a special acknowledgement to send to your Valentine
or to keep as a reminder of your special gift.

Give Love to EOA Children's House online  at: 

You also may mail checks payable to
EOA Children's House:
614 E. Emma Street, Suite M401
Springdale, AR 72764

The Economic Opportunity Agency (EOA) energy assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LiHeap) began Tuesday, January 16, 2018.  This program provides payments for utilities used for heating homes directly to the utility companies, allowing low income families in Washington County, Arkansas to heat their homes during the winter months.  LiHEAP assistance is available for households using electricity, gas, propane, or wood to heat their homes. The program begins in January each year, and assistance is given until the funds available are depleted.  Any family meeting the income guidelines may apply for assistance.  This includes families receiving food stamps, who have an elderly or disabled person in the household, or those who are in danger of having their heat shut-off.  Families must reside in Washington County for this assistance and must meet the income guidelines listed on our website at   www.eoawc.org .  To schedule an appointment, call (479) 872-7479.


Save the Date:
Saturday, June 16th
7pm to 11pm
Fayetteville Town Center

*Sponsorship opportunities are available
contact mcuddy@eoawc.org 
for more information


January was full of activities at EOA, 
here are just a few highlights:

Fayetteville Fire Department visited our Ellen Smith Center to talk to the children about fire safety.

Dr. Ali Pilkington and Sparky the dog visited the Ellen Smith Center.  We always love to see Dr. Ali and Sparky!

Feed Communities donates fresh produce to our Ellen Smith Center each Monday. 
Thank you!

Our friends with the Fayetteville Public Library's Reading Roadshow visited several classrooms to share reading with the kiddos. 

Central EMS visited the Ellen Smith Center to talk to the children about emergency services.

SSG Wes Dickson visited the Ellen Smith Center to share his experiences of being a soldier and a paratrooper.  He discussed and shared pictures of Iraq and Afghanistan.  Thank you for your service SSG Dickson!

Thank you to Sauced Up Entertainment for allowing our Ellen Smith Center kiddos to visit your recording studio.  The children had fun recording songs, playing instruments, and exploring the equipment used for mixing sounds.

Washington County Sheriff's Department visited the Pat Walker Center to complete ID cards with the kiddos and to talk about safety.

Lance Johnson, EOA Director of Children's Services, traveled to DC in January to attend the  National Head Start Association  2018 Winter Leadership Institute. During his visit he met with Congressman Steve Womack's staff and  with  Senator John Boozman . In these meetings, Mr. Johnson educated our representatives on the outcomes of the EOA Head Start/Early Head Start program along with the positive impact we are making for the children and families we serve in Washington County.

 Promoting Academic Learning in the Classroom
The Study of Light and Shadow
During the month of January, the children in the EOA Pat Walker Center for Children worked on a Light and Shadow unit. During this unit of study, the teacher integrated lights and shadows into all areas of learning. The teacher read books and stories about shadows. Children were exposed to cultural diversity by viewing traditional and modern versions of Japanese Shadow Puppets, and then children were able to recreate a favorite story using a shadow puppet theater. The children learned science concepts, explored, and experimented with ways to make shadows and extend vocabulary by describing the movement of shadows. They also used math skills to measure the lengths of their own shadows as well as compare them to others' shadows. Language and literacy were used throughout the unit in verbal discussions and creative ways to encourage an interest in writing.  The children at  our centers enjoy learning through play and exploration!

The picture above shows a child writing her name on the light table. She has been working on writing her name for a few weeks now and has shown significant improvement. Using markers with the light table helps to peak the child's interest in writing.
This activity meets the Head Start Early Learning Framework in the Approaches to Learning, Physical and Language/Communication domains.

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To make a tax-deductible gift to EOA 

  • Thermometers (forehead preferably) 
  • Bleach
  • Glue - both Elmer's and Sticks
  • Diapers & Pull Ups (sizes 5-6)
  • Clorox Wipes
  • Boys Clothing all sizes
  • Girls Clothing all sizes
As a non-profit organization, EOA relies on the generous support of companies, foundations, civic groups and individuals so that we are able to provide services
free of charge to the children and their families.
To make a tax-deductible donation  Click Here 
or call (479) 872-7479 ext 221.
Megan Cuddy
Director of Advancement
(479) 872-7479 ext. 221

"Empowering children and families to learn, connect, and succeed."