/////UAMS Employees Play Santa for Head Start Students
UAMS Employees Play Santa for Head Start Students 2018-01-05T09:15:55+00:00

DEC. 21, 2006 |  The excitement of Christmas morning arrived a few days early for 1,130 Pulaski County children thanks in large part to the generosity of employees at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).


Each of the infants and preschoolers enrolled in the UAMS Head Start/Early Head Start program were presented gifts donated by UAMS staff members and a handful of other community groups. Numerous UAMS departments participated in the program, which is now in its second year.


“Every child took home a set of presents,” said Mary Kaye McKinney, UAMS Head Start director. “The parents are so appreciative of this help, especially during the holiday season.”


Caroline Sloan of the UAMS Department of Psychiatry was among those presenting gifts to children at the Silver City Head Start in North Little Rock. “People in our department were really happy to give and do whatever needed to be done to help these families have a brighter Christmas,” Sloan said. The department presented each child with two gifts from their wish list and a stocking full of holiday goodies.


Playing Santa with Sloan were coworkers Amy Dowell, Lynn Mason, Christina Clark and Jennifer Hankins, all of the Department of Psychiatry central administration office.


Since 1998, UAMS has operated the Head Start/Early Head Start program in Pulaski County, which serves children from birth to kindergarten at 23 facilities across the county. Ninety percent of the families with children enrolled in Head Start are at or below the 100 percent poverty level. In addition to the developmental preschool curriculum, Head Start services include dental care, nutrition services, mental health services and referrals for community resources.