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KIDS FIRST is an academic program of excellence for young children with special needs. Currently, 11 KIDS FIRST locations serve children from birth to 6 years old and their families from 32 Arkansas Counties. KIDS FIRST provides high quality, exciting learning environments where each child works on individual learning objectives. A team of trans-disciplinary staff partners with families of children served to help each child reach their highest potential.

For many of our special projects, we depend on community support. Your monetary donation will help support making memories for young children and their families such as celebrating graduation, family events, gardens, and having special adaptive supplies needed for learning. Donations of any size are very helpful, and can be directed to a clinic in your area. Donations can be made online at www.uamshealth.com/giveonline --please select "Gift Designations" and choose KIDS FIRST Program from the menu.

For questions about donations, please contact the clinic director in your area, or Erin Bright at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or 501-526-8716.


Volunteering your time or service to KIDS FIRST is always a wonderful way to support our mission. To learn more about ways you can volunteer, please contact the clinic director in your area, or call 501-526-8700.


KIDS FIRST is dedicated to training tomorrow's healthcare professionals and those who will be working with young children. KIDS FIRST currently serves as a clinical training site for students in the following disciplines:

  • Nursing
  • Medicine--Pediatrics and Family Practice residents
  • Social Work
  • Early Childhood Education and Child Development
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Dietetics
  • Psychology (Behavioral Health)
  • Kinesiology
  • Rehabilitation Science

To learn more about student placements, please call the clinic director at the location you are interested in visiting, or call 501-526-8700