Darneshia Bell began her career as the Arkansas Pilot Court Team Community Coordinator in 2009.
Since then she has worked collaboratively with Judge Joyce Williams Warren and an ever expanding team of community stakeholders to build a strong Safe Babies Court Team in Little Rock. Among her many accomplishments is the development of an innovative model of supporting family time for children in foster care and their parents called Guided Interaction for Family Time (GIFT). She is regularly featured as a speaker at state early childhood conferences and in other states interested in learning more about GIFT. Ms. Bell brings a wide breadth of experience to her position. She majored in Early Childhood Education and Special Education at the University of Central Arkansas. She’s worked in child care settings serving preschoolers and school age children. Her experience working with school age children convinced her that bad attitudes about school were already well developed by second grade. She subsequently got the opportunity to develop a curriculum for a four year old classroom that focused on establishing an environment appropriate for the physical, social and emotional development of her students. For eight years she worked at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, helping parents address the financial costs of their child’s medical care.