Welcome to the 2019-2020 school-year!

Our teachers came back to work on August 5th and jumped right in getting their classrooms ready and completing educational trainings to make this school-year the best yet!

An EOA staff in-service training was held on August 16th with over 130 staff in attendance! The in-service training theme was "Be Flamazing" and included agency updates, employee benefit information, presentations from the Washington County Educational Co-op and Ozark Guidance Center, an Active Shooter Response training by the Springdale Police Department, and best practices for EOA to have a "flamazing" year!
Starting off this school-year, EOA opened a new childcare center in partnership with Fayetteville Public Schools on the ALLPS School of Innovation Campus. This center currently serves 33 Head Start children and will soon add a therapeutic classroom for 10 children who have been abused, neglected, or have faced other forms of trauma.
The ribbon cutting ceremony at the new EOA Head Start center was held on August 9th with the Fayetteville, Springdale, and Rogers-Lowell Chambers of Commerce in attendance. Speakers at the event included Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan, Fayetteville Public Schools Superintendent Dr. John L Colbert, and EOA Executive Director Delia Anderson Farmer. EOA Board of Directors, Fayetteville School Board members, staff, and guests attended the special celebration that included a tour of the facility.
Two New Home Visiting Programs at EOA
EOA now offers an Early Head Start Home Visiting program for children under the age of three. Included in the program is information on improved prenatal health; healthy birth outcomes; bonding and attachment; positive parenting; enhanced child health and development; infant mental health; economic self-sufficiency; and family stability.
SafeCare Arkansas is a weekly home visiting program for families of children age birth to five that helps parents create a secure home environment, structure, and routine for their young children. This program helps to prevent the removal of children from the home and re-occurrence of child maltreatment.
EOA continues to expand and improve services to best serve our local community with the mission of "Empowering children and families to learn, connect, and succeed."
New Curriculum!
EOA's new Parent Curriculum for the upcoming school year extends the early learning experience into the home and provides families with multiple opportunities for modeling, practice, and reflection. The curriculum includes strategies to engage families and promote high quality interactions to strengthen literacy skills, healthy child development, and school readiness. 
The Parent Curriculum was funded by the United Way of Northwest Arkansas.
Thank you, UWNWA! 
EOA Children's Services is currently hiring:

Substitute Teachers
Infant/Toddler Teachers
Pre-K Teachers
Teacher Assistants

Come work for a great organization that is "empowering children and families to learn, connect, and succeed."

Visit EOA Employment for more information.
Garden Volunteers
We were excited to have volunteers from Elm Springs United Methodist Church last month to clean-up and prepare the EOA Children's House garden for the new school-year at the Pat Walker Center for Children. Thank you to these volunteers for their hard work. The garden looks fantastic!

Interested in volunteering?
We have many opportunities to volunteer at all of our EOA locations. Contact Megan at mcuddy@eoawc.org or (479) 872-7479 ext 221 for more information.

PreK Self-Portraits
The PreK kiddos at the Pat Walker Center for Children/EOA Children's House recently started the first unit of their classroom curriculum which included making a self-portrait. While working on their project they learned to balance their needs with others while promoting pro-social behavior and a positive self image. The children had fun while developing their fine motor skills with cutting and gluing materials to construct their self-portrait.
Are you or your organization able to assist us with some supplies?

Diapers & Pull Ups (sizes 4-6)
Bird Seed
Bird Feeders
Sidewalk Chalk
Underwear (2T - 6)
Children's Clothing & Shoes (new or gently used)
Clorox Disinfectant Wipes

Contact mcuddy@eoawc.org to learn more ways that you or your organization can help.

EOA is a 501(c)(3) agency, therefore within the legal limits, your donation is tax-deductible for Federal income tax purposes. Please retain the receipt that you receive when you make your donation.

Economic Opportunity Agency | mcuddy@eoawc.org | (479) 872-7479 | www.eoawc.org