Our Mission

We look forward to having your family in the
Children First family!

Children First’s mission is to provide each child the opportunity to develop intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically. The staff of Children First guides each child in activities that will create life-long learners, decision-makers and effective communicators.

About Children First, Inc.

Children First is the culmination of 40+ years of experience in Early Childhood Education for owners Vicki Durham and Ann Erne. Children First understands you are entrusting their child’s care to them. They realize the responsibility of that trust and strive to provide a quality of child care that exceeds the standards currently set by the Arkansas Department of Human Services.

Our goal is to provide the utmost care for the whole child, offering curriculum centered on stimulating the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth of each child. Active exploration and hands-on experiences help the children touch, see, smell and manipulate the environment around them.

Children First is licensed by the Arkansas Depart and is also regulated by the Little Rock Fire Department and the Pulaski County Health Department. Unannounced inspections by these entities occur regularly to ensure adherence to standards.

Top 3 Reasons Your Child Should Come to Children First!

Well, we think there are many more than just three reasons your child should be at Children First, but here are the ones we think are the most important to know:

  1. Learn Sign Language
    • Since we are associated with and on the campus of the Arkansas School for the Deaf, your child has the opportunity to learn sign and socialize with the hearing impaired and the deaf.
  2. Good Rating with the Department of Human Services
    • DHS does regular, surprise checks on all day cares and schools, we always pass with flying colors!
  3. Caring & Experienced Staff
    • Our employees love working here and caring for your children, which is why they have such longevity. Most of our people have been with us for many, many years and continue to uphold the highest possible standards!

Our Location

Children First, Inc.

2400 West Markham

Little Rock, AR 72202

Tel: (501) 374-0944

Hours: M – F  7am – 6pm


Children First does not discriminate by race, color, creed, or religion and is open to all children. At the time of enrollment, if a class is full, the child’s name will be placed on a waiting list. When an opening occurs, those on the waiting list are contacted in order.


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