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October 18, 1958


JAMA. 1958;168(7):908-913. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.03000070064017


Construct Children's Colony at Conway.—  Construction has started on the first phase of a building program for the Arkansas Children's Colony at Conway, according to David B. Ray Jr., superintendent. The state is said to be one of two that have no state facilities for the mentally retarded. Located about 33 miles from Little Rock, the site contains 406 acres. The overall building program is that for a new community planned for children with the aim to create a homelike atmosphere. There will be a central group of buildings and nearby, eight children's cottages, each with its own serving kitchen, dining room, day room and play yard. The initial construction will accommodate 256 children, with 32 living in each cottage. Facilities for 1500 will eventually be completed. Future expansion of the central area will include chapel, auditorium, gymnasium, children's store and other facilities. Only educable and trainable children aged