H.A.P.P.Y. Childcare programs are targeted to families of Northwest Arkansas with children in grades K-7th who are in need of affordable quality childcare when school is not in session. These programs are not restricted by address. A variety of educational and activity-based aspects would be incorporated into these programs which emphasize the importance of healthy lifestyle habits. By encouraging physical activity, healthy nutrition, and community pride - we will build stronger individuals for life.
According to research children who are left at home alone while parents work develop negative lifestyle habits that affect them throughout their lives. Employers claim childcare as being one of the top ranking reasons employees miss work. Parents can be more productive at work when they are confident children are being well cared for.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the number of children ages 6 through 11 who are overweight has increased over 300 percent in the past 25 years (the numbers are almost identical for teens). Diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes, cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure are becoming common diagnosis for our children. For the first time in history our children and grandchildren’s life spans are expected to be shorter than ours.
The programs are licensed by Arkansas Department of Health Childcare Licensing Division, we have recently submitted our application to become Better Beginnings Certified, our programs receives funding from Arkansas Department Health to provide meals for children 18 and under, and NWA United Way provides funding for scholarships.