BRAD Child Development Programs

Serving Clay, Lawrence and Randolph Counties in Northeast Arkansas for 50 years, Black River Area Development Corporation is a Community Action Agency and the grantee for BRAD Child Development Programs which includes Head Start, Early Head Start, Arkansas Better Chance, State pre-k and after school care programs. The Head Start program serves 137 preschool children, Early Head Start serves 96 infant/toddlers, State pre-k will potentially serve 180 children. Centers are located in Pocahontas in Randolph County, Corning, Piggott, and Rector in Clay County, and Walnut Ridge in Lawrence County.

Grocery Bids

BRAD Child Development is in the process of accepting grocery bids for the 2019-2020 Program Year. Vendors who wish to bid on grocery items for the period of August 1, 2019- July 31, 2020, need to contact Janene Halcomb, Nutrition Manager at 870-202-1348 or email to, no later than July 29, 2019.

Hand Washing Techniques

Thank you to the Clay County Extension Services and Diane Dodge for coming and demonstrating proper hand washing techniques and letting the children see where they left germs after hand washing.