The Schmieding Foundation gives $ 300,000 to UAMS Kids First, the Schmieding Developmental Center
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Funds used to move locations, purchase new playground equipment
| FAYETTEVILLE – The Schmieding Foundation in Springdale donated $ 300,000 to help pay for new playground equipment and the costs of moving the UAMS Schmieding Kids First and UAMS Schmieding Developmental Center in Lowell to a new location in Springdale.
Both centers will begin moving to the new location just north of the Arkansas Children’s Hospital tomorrow and plan to open on July 12.
The Lowell location had three outdoor play areas, which were purchased in 2007. Two of the play areas were used by Kids First, one for infants and toddlers and one for children ages 2 to 5. years to promote growth and physical development, as part of the comprehensive center day treatment program. The Schmieding Developmental Center used the third playground to give children access to physical activity and sensory input during long dates.
“The Schmieding Foundation remains committed to supporting the services provided to children of Northwest Arkansas through the UAMS Schmieding Developmental Center and Schmieding Kids First programs,” said Lance Taylor, President of the Schmieding Foundation. “We are delighted to see these meaningful services for children continue to grow as the programs move to the new facility in Springdale.
The new building includes three separate play areas, with appropriate screening to protect patient privacy and reduce distractions. The UAMS Schmieding Kids First Playground for Infants and Toddlers is approximately 1,200 square feet, while the Preschool Playground is 1,500 square feet. The Schmieding Developmental Center’s play area measures approximately 900 square feet.
“With the generous support of the Schmieding Foundation, we will be able to create a child-friendly clinic and play area that will be a safe place to play and learn for children of all abilities,” said Kimberly Cox, RN, director of UAMS Schmieding Kids First. . “It’s so wonderful to have community partners who advocate and support young children. “
The outdoor play space incorporates nature-inspired elements and a mix of equipment that encourages a variety of play behaviors for children of all ages and will be designed and built to meet all minimum licensing standards. Arkansas for child care facilities.
Instead of large plastic climbing structures, the poured-in-place paving mimics streams, the turf mimics grass, and the equipment looks like trees, stumps and rocks. Planters or raised beds and raised sensory tables allow access to young children in wheelchairs or walkers.
“I am very grateful to the Schmieding Foundation for helping us get back to Springdale, next to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and for supporting the construction of our playground,” said Mary Ann Scott , Ph.D., director of the Schmieding Developmental Center. “Having an outdoor space to interrupt a long day of structured testing helps improve the experience for children and their families and allows clinicians to see how children respond to physical play. The playground is a great addition to a diagnostic program and is only possible with such a generous gift to offset the expense.
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