Community Pediatrics emphasizes service to underserved populations including children with developmental disabilities and low income, rural, children in foster care. This section in Pediatrics models collaborative services with partners in the central Arkansas region as well as rural Arkansas. We work with the Arkansas School for the Deaf; Arkansas School for the Blind; The Centers for Youth and Families, a children’s mental health provider; as well as other agencies.
Community Pediatrics is the home of the UAMS Head Start Program, one of only three Head Start programs in the country based in an academic health center. Launched in 1965 as a summer program to prepare children for school, Head Start in Arkansas has grown to serve over 11,000 children, birth to five, and their families in all 75 counties. The majority of the programs are administered by non-profit community based agencies in center-based settings predominantly serving three- and four-year-olds.
Additional web links:
Arkansas Department of Human Services – Foster Care Program
Arkansas Head Start Association
Centers for Youth and Families
Mid-Delta Health System, Inc.
Ambulatory Pediatric Association
American Academy of Pediatrics