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Organization:   Helen R. Walton Children's Enrichment Center
Location:   Bentonville
Grant Year:   2010
Grant Amount:   $58,255
Project Description:   Early Childhood Health and Safety Training Outreach offers free CPR/First Aid certification for 528 early childhood education professionals from south Arkansas in Ashley, Benton, Bradley, Chicot, Crawford, Desha, Drew, Madison, Sebastian and Washington counties.


  • 27 First Aid/CPR certification training sessions held in 12 Arkansas cities. (Exceeded goal of 22 sessions.)
  • 631 individuals certified. (Exceeded goal of 528.)
  • 160 early childhood education centers participated from 42 cities.
  • Participants rated quality of training at 4.9 on 5-point scale.

Lives Affected

631 early childhood professionals, responsible for the health and safety of 13,205 young children, were certified in First Aid/CPR. (Exceeded goal of 528 certifications.)

Cost Effectiveness

$88 per-certification cost.

Advice to Other Organizations Starting a Similar Program

Research to see if there is a need. Don’t duplicate existing services. Have a thorough implementation and communication plan to ensure a good “customer” experience. Survey the participants on the value of the program. Evaluate and improve the program.

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