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Bentonville Director


Patty is from Guatemala City. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Letters and Science. In 1999 she met her husband in California, they married  and then moved to Arkansas, where she had 3 kids. Patty started as a teacher aide and was promoted to a teacher three weeks later. She has been with Head Start since 2005, and was promoted to be a Director on 2010.

Head Start Bentonville Center


2109 SE J Street
Bentonville, AR 72712
(479) 273-2496

Hours: 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM (CST)

Patty Hernandez, Director


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Better Beginnings
Better Beginnings is Arkansas's Quality Rating Improvement System for child care providers. Better Beginnings is a three-tiered building block system designed to assess the quality of early care and education programs and youth development programs.

Bentonville Early Head Start

Welcome everyone and thank you for your interest in the Northwest Arkansas Early Head Start Bentonville Center. Our location was recently relocated in 2014 next to the Bentonville High School where we will be serving 32 children, adding two more classrooms from our previous location.

Special Thanks To:

  • Burnis Leavins: volunteers her time preparing children for the transition into Kindergarten.
  • Junior Auxiliary: provides a monthly birthday party for our children. They make crafts with the children as well as give them a snack and gift.
  • Kiwanis Club: for their dedication to our center. 

Better Beginnings Accredited

Our location is a State Quality Approved childcare facility, providing a higher quality overall program. Given this designation, we have been proven to not only meet, but exceed the standards providing:
  • A program that views parents as an important part of the early education of their children,
  • A physical environment that is supportive of the physical and mental development of each child in our care,
  • An educational program that prepares children for success in school,
  • Trained professional staff who know how to work effectively with children and who continue to pursue educational and training opportunities.


All Northwest Arkansas Head Start Centers are compliant, Licensed Child Care Providers. Our licenses are issued by the State of Arkansas Department of Health & Human Services Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education. NWAHS invites you to view our licensing status via the DHHS Website.

Door Entry Security

kes_02.jpgOur Keyless Entry System limits access to our Head Start centers by allowing entry only to authorized staff and families. Unique ID codes are assigned to each person. Codes may be disabled at any time providing a safe, secure environment for children and peace of mind for parents. Our system keeps a live record of who enters our buildings allowing us to monitor building access in real time or by printing a daily log. Each ID code may also be placed on a restricted list directly from our center computer.

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