In 2014, Grayson, a two-year old attending our program, was diagnosed with leukemia. It was determined that it was not hereditary. Could this be linked to exposure to toxins in everyday products? As we were heading into the design of our new campus, the question created pause.

Toxins are in a majority of the products we use every day and in building materials, and most chemicals on the market are not regulated. Armed with this information, it was time to design a first of its kind: a healthy campus. An environment focused on eliminating toxins and chemicals for the health of young children.

As a result, the Helen R. Walton Children’s Enrichment Center is the first non-toxic, chemical-free early childhood campus in the nation. We are committed to sharing our knowledge, building plans and materials, and classroom contents so this model can be recreated across the nation and world. We will also share information with families so parents can make educated decisions when purchasing foods, cleaning products, home furnishings, etc. for their family.

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Toxins are in a majority of the products we use every day and in building materials, and most chemicals on the market are not regulated.

As you look at this guide, the information will likely be overwhelming. We know that it’s not practical to build a new house and buy all new products at once, but we hope you use this information to make informed and healthy choices next time you need to buy a sippy cup, replace your carpet, or buy household cleaners.

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It is our responsibility as adults to create

beautiful, inspiring environments for today’s

children to grow up in.

As committed advocates towards the advancement of early childhood best practices, we look to elevate the standards for research, policy, and professional development in order to address the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive needs of children.

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Building a Healthier Facility for Children

The construction team plays a pivotal role in establishing healthier conditions that will affect children throughout the life of the facility.

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Cultivating a Healthier Environment for Children and Staff

The maintenance and operations team has the opportunity to set a new standard for children’s health in early childhood education.