Serving Clay, Lawrence and Randolph Counties in Northeast Arkansas for 55 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.  We serve a total of 431 children birth to five years of age.  Centers are located in Pocahontas in Randolph County, Corning, Piggott, and Rector in Clay County, Walnut Ridge in Lawrence County and Rison in Cleveland County.

Rhonda Ahrent is Executive Director of Black River Area Development Corporation.

Angela Blankenship is BRAD Child Development Programs Director.

Other staff employment facts include:

  • Most Head Start teachers have a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or a related degree or are studying to receive a higher degree.
  • Early Head Start Teachers have either obtained an associate’s or bachelor’s degree or are studying to receive a higher degree.
  • BRAD Child Development Programs employs approximately 164 individuals throughout the program, including administration, content area managers, center staff, and substitutes.
  • The management team, is made up of highly qualified individuals within their field.  The skilled team performs high quality training and support for center staff. Some manager’s job duties encompass more than one service area.

Black River Area Development Corporation’s (BRAD’s) governing board is well informed and extremely involved with the program. The board is made up of 15 members representing the communities served.

The Head Start/Early Head Start Policy Council is composed of Head Start and Early Head Start parents representing each center and community representatives from each area that is served by the program.