Child Development Center


Many of our employees are parents including couples who are both employed within the university.
These families must balance job expectations and childcare needs on a daily basis.

At UAMS, the total # of employee dependents is 6,700

> than 1,300 are under the age of five


With the help of generous donors, a brand new Child Development Center will become a reality.

  • State-of-the-art facility will be dedicated to caring for the children of UAMS employees and students
  • The center will include a playground and easy drop off/pick up
  • Provide top-quality childcare at competitive pricing
  • The Child Development Center will support our employees in balancing work and family commitments
  • Accommodating 197 children ranging in age from 6 weeks to 5 years


Having access to childcare on campus will lead to UAMS employees missing fewer days of work

8 - 9 days missed on avg per year for childcare      15%  UAMS 2014 turnover rate

The cost to replace an employee can be in excess of $50,000

By improving retention, the UAMS Child Development Center could result in an additional savings of over $183,000 in turnover costs.


  • Offering on-site childcare enhances employee recruitment
  • Reduce turnover rates by 10% for those employees with children in the Center
  • Provide quality child care and early childhood development for the children of UAMS

UAMS will provide the annual operating costs for the center, but construction of the center must be driven by philanthropic support.

We will raise $5 MILLION to construct, furnish and launch the Child Development Center.


“Who benefits? We all do, especially our children! Each of us as employees, whether or not we have a child in care, our students, our patients and most importantly, the children of UAMS,” says UAMS Interim Chancellor, Dr. Stephanie Gardner.

For more information about making a gift to the CDC, contact: Meredith Garner, 501-686-8638 or