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EOA Children’s House in The Pat Walker Center for Children: A Place of Healing and Hope

Our Mission
Empowering children and families to learn, connect, and succeed.

Our Purpose
Stopping Child Abuse. Saving Lives.

Who We Are
EOA Children’s House was founded in 1978 as an organization providing services and care to children under the age of five that have been abused, neglected, or have faced adverse childhood experiences.  Seeing that the need was larger than could be served in the “little blue house” in Fayetteville, the Pat Walker Center for Children opened in 2011.  This doubled the number of children receiving services to 42 children.  In 2014, EOA Children’s House expanded to its full capacity in the Pat Walker Center for Children, now serving over 80 children.
EOA Children’s House is one of the nation’s largest long-term center for early childhood abuse prevention and treatment and the only center of this kind in Arkansas.  It is located in north Springdale to centrally serve both Benton County and Washington County.

What We Do
Provide services to children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old that have been abused, neglected, or have faced adverse childhood experiences.  We are not a shelter, children come to our center after they have been placed in foster care, with another relative, or back with their parent(s).

After enrollment, each child receives:
– Individualized Needs Assessment
– Customized Treatment Plan
– Preschool Education
– Nutrition Services
– Mental Health Counseling
– Physical Therapy (if needed)
– Speech Therapy (if needed)
– Occupational Therapy (if needed)
– Transportation Services (if needed)

If needed or required, the parent/caregiver has access to:
– Family Counseling
– Parental Skills Training
– Family Support Services

Why We Do What We Do

Short-Term: Research shows that children that have suffered from abuse or neglect have an approximate 18 month developmental delay.  By providing the specialized services and a low-ratio preschool education, we work to reduce or eliminate these deficits.  Everything we do is focused on creating lasting, positive change to prepare each child not only to enter Kindergarten in a public school at an equal level as their peers, but also to build self-confidence in the child.

Long-Term: Many adults that abuse were themselves abused as a child. By providing the necessary services to the abused or neglected children at a young age, this will reduce the chance of these children becoming abusers later in life.

The Pat Walker Center for Children was designed with a simple, yet profound mission statement: “This center, and everything in it, must enhance the lives of abused and neglected children.”  Classroom spaces designed to the latest Pre-K educational and infant development standards, rooms designed specifically for counseling, physical, occupational and speech therapy, quality indoor play spaces and enhanced security to maximize safety of children and staff set EOA Children’s House apart from any other facility in the United States.  The Pat Walker Center for Children makes it possible for EOA Children’s House to accomplish three primary goals:

  • Increase educational and therapeutic service capacity by 328%.
  • Provide long-term education and treatment to abused and neglected infants as young as 6 weeks of age.
  • Expand its service area to encompass all of Northwest Arkansas.

The Pat Walker Center for Children has allowed EOA Children’s House to completely redefine how it can help and heal abused children and prepare them to excel in school.  EOA Children’s House in The Pat Walker Center for Children is one of the leading facilities in the United States with 9 early childhood education classrooms and 10 rooms for therapy in the country’s largest center designed exclusively for long-term early childhood abuse treatment and prevention.

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