Helen R. Walton Children’s Enrichment Center is now enrolling children ages 2 1/2 to 5 years old. Our commitment is to provide families access to the highest quality of early childhood education and care.

Please contact Julie Wilson, Enrollment Coordinator, for more information at jwilson@hwccenter.com or 479-273-3552.

Helen R. Walton Children’s Enrichment Center admits any students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the Center. HWCEC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies and scholarship program.

HWCEC currently has a wait list for every age group within the Center. The wait list is held on a first come first served basis, with the exceptions pertaining to special circumstances and currently enrolled families.  Potential families are highly encouraged to tour and get on the wait list at their earliest convenience. The nonrefundable registration fee is $100 per family. As openings occur, you will be contacted and offered availability.

Tuition payments are due every Friday by 6:00 p.m. prior to the week of service.

Weekly Tuition Rates
ClassM-FT & R M, W & F
Infant$230.00 N/A N/A
Toddler$220.00 $110.00 $165.00
Preschool$210.00 $105.00 $157.50

Infants are all children approximately 6 weeks to 18 months of age (this includes Fireflies, Dragonflies, Lady Bugs, Honey Bees, Rolie Polies, and June Bugs).

Toddler ages are generally 18 months to 3 years of age (this includes Chicks, Chickadees, Ducklings and Baby Geese).

Preschool ages are typically 3 years to 5 years of age (this includes Cubs, Panthers, Tigers, Jaguars, Cougars and Bears).

Beginning April 1, 2019, tuition will be $335 per week. The tuition rate will remain the same for the duration of your child’s attendance at the Children’s Enrichment Center. Please review the Sliding Scale Tuition below to see if your family is eligible for a tuition reduction.

Beginning on April 1, 2019, Helen R. Walton Children’s Enrichment Center will be moving to a sliding scale tuition program. The full cost of tuition is $335/week. Below are the gross annual income guidelines in relation to the total household size.

 90% Reduction80% Reduction60% Reduction40% Reduction25% Reduction15% Reduction
Weekly Cost$33.50$67.00$134.00$201.00$251.25$284.75
Household/Family Size
2< $24,360< $32,480< $40,600< $48,720< $56,840< $73,080
3< $30,630< $40,840< $51,050< $61,260< $71,470< $91,890
4< $36,900< $49,200< $61,500< $73,800< $86,100< $110,700
5< $43,170< $57,560< $71,950< $86,340< $100,730< $129,510
6< $49,440< $65,920< $82,400< $98,880< $115,360< $148,320
7< $55,710< $74,280< $92,850< $111,420< $129,990< $167,130
8< $61,980< $82,640< $103,300< $123,960< $144,620< $185,940

Applications are accepted year round and the program is administered on a first-come, first-serve basis until all funds are exhausted.  Income eligibility will be reviewed annually. If a family is already participating in the Sliding-Scale Tuition Program and qualifies at the same rate, the family will automatically be renewed.  Please see the application and instructions for more information.

Please contact Julie Wilson for more information at jwilson@hwccenter.com or 479.273.3552.

The Helen R. Walton Children’s Enrichment Center Scholarship Program is funded through generous donations from local organizations and are based on availability of funds.

Scholarships are reviewed and renewed in March and September. However, scholarships can be audited anytime throughout the year. A recipient will be asked to submit information to verify continued need. If a recipient’s income or marital status changes, he/she must report it immediately. Only one scholarship per child will be available.

Scholarship Program will be ending on March 31, 2019. See Sliding Scale Tuition tab below for more information.


Below are the basic guidelines, as determined by our Board of Directors and the donating organizations, which considers gross monthly income in relation to the total household size. If an individual qualifies and funds are available, he/she will receive a discount off their weekly tuition. An individual receiving consistent assistance through another program will not be eligible for the scholarship program.

Scholarships (by Gross Monthly Income)
Family Size50% Scholarship40% Scholarship
Scholarship Requirements

1)  Completed application     2)  Proof of income (last 2 pay stubs or last Federal tax return)

A scholarship recipient’s tuition account must stay current to continue to receive a scholarship and to avoid dismissal from the Center. Tuition is due Friday prior to the week of service. If a recipient is delinquent with any payment 2 or more times, he/she may be dropped from the scholarship program.

False, incomplete, or misleading information on the application can be grounds for permanent dismissal from the scholarship program.

Scholarship recipients receiving funds will be required to volunteer at the center up to 15 hours every 6 months. Volunteer time will be reviewed in March and September during the scholarship renewal process. If an individual receives scholarship funding during a funding cycle, volunteer time will be prorated. If volunteer hours are not met, the scholarship will not be renewed. Please see the Business Manager for volunteer details.