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Adult Education Center - Clinton
(University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton)
100 Success Drive, Clinton, AR or
Free Services

  • GED Preparation and Testing Services
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Workforce Alliance for Growth in the Economy (WAGE)
  • Workplace Education
  • Prep for College Entrance Exams

Arkansas Career Pathways
423 Main Street, Suite 400 Little Rock, AR 72201
Pathways is a new program that enables your local two-year college to offer those who qualify free career training and college classes. In addtion to free training and college classes, the Pathways program may be able to help you overcome the barriers that have kept you from getting the training and educatiion you need. Help with things such as Child Care, Transportatin, Career Counseling and Job Search after training for low income parents.

Arkansas Division of Rehabilitation Services
1150 N. Museum, Suite #3, Conway AR
501-730-9725 Fax 501-730-9728
Adult education for individuals with disabilites. Must be a senior in high school or older, have a disability (mental or physical), and have reasonable expectation for employment. The program helps people with disabilites to go to work, social security number and income data are required. Office hours are 8:00am-4:30 pm, Monday through Friday

Sallie Cone Preschool

1629 South BLVD. Conway, AR
Preschool program with grant based funding

Arkansas Early Intervention Services

1000 E. Siebenmorgan P.O. Box 310, Conway AR

Betty Starkey 501-730-9978 or 800-324-0996 Fax: 501-730-9947

Services and supports for persons with developmental disabilites and thier families. 7am-4:30pm (Monday through Friday)

Assists with getting people jobs in energy efficiency industries.

American Indian Center of Central Arkansas
1100 N University AVE, Little Rock AR
Assists Native Americans with education, welfare, and employment services.

#2 Capital Mall, Little Rock AR
Assists with getting people jobs in nursing programs.

Arkansas Head Start Association
630 Robins Ste. 118, Conway AR
501-329-3891 (Conway)
309 7th Ave, Perry AR
479-567-5701 (Perry)
Provides help for Perry and Faulkner County for children and family issues.

Arkansas Job Corp
6900 Scott Hamilton, Little Rock AR 72209
501-376-1004 (Jobs)
501-618-2500 (Education)
Monday thru Friday 8AM-5PM; Helps youth get GEDs & jobs opportunities

Arkansas Office of Child Support Enforcement|
Conway Extension OCSE
2455 Washington Ave, Ste 107, Conway AR
501-329-1721 Fax:501-329-4678
Contact person: Carol Kleaver Office Manager: Pam Hardin
Locating the non-custodial parent, establishing paternity (which can give the child legal right to social security inheritance benefits as well as other benefits), securing child support, modifying an existing order to increase child support payments, and entitling the child to health insurance coverage through the absent parent if it is available to the absent parent through thier employment or union membership. Office hourse : 8:00 am- 4:30 pm Monday-Friday

Back to School Blessing - Annual Event
501-253-1204 Billy or Elizabeth West Reece 
Formosa Baptist, 192 county line rd., Formosa
501-757-1021 Cindy Bradley
General Baptist Church at 664 AR-16, Clinton
501-654-4639 Shirley Eddie Ragsdale
Shirley First Baptist, 10277 Hwy 16 East Shirley 

Free school supplies, haircuts, food, games, prizes, and fun. Many churches gather donations, three locations for pick-up. 

Big Brother/Big Sister
1105 Deer St, Conway AR
Monday thru Thursday 8AM-5PM; Provides mentoring for kids

Birch Tree Communities, Inc.
132 Lower Ridge Road, Conway Ar
Our role is to do all we can to make a full life in the community possible.

Boys and Girls Club of Faulkner County
1405 Robins St, Conway, AR
Monday thru Friday 3PM-7:00PM (Schoolyear) & 7:30AM-5:30PM (Summer)
Fee: $50 per year and $30 per week per child. Scholarships are available for those in need. Provides life enhancing programs to enrich children ages 6-18.

Boys and Girls Club of Mayflower
4 Grove Circle, Mayflower AR
Fee: $25 per year and $25 per week. Scholarships are available for those in need. Please call for time and info.

The CALL in Van Buren County
(Children of Arkansas Loved for a Lifetime)
County Coordinators: Kenny & Keri Wyatt 501-251-7331 -
Our mission is to educate, equip, and encourage the Christian community to provide a future and a hope for children in foster care in Van Buren County. Our vision: No waiting children. The CALL is working toward having Christian families waiting to provide a home for every child in foster care in Van Buren County. 

707 Robins St Ste 118, Conway AR
501-329-0977 or 501-329-3891
Monday thru Friday 8AM-4:30PM
Provides Scholarships, childcare, education, job training, and other resources. Please call for details.

CAPCA -Head Start

Head Start programs are FREE to qualifying families
Clinton Early Head Start 1367 Hwy 85 West 501-745-6905
Shirley Head Start 154 School Street 501-723-4301
HEAD START is for children ages 3-5 years old and provides comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families. The focus is school readiness so children are prepared to transition into kindergarten. Classrooms are in session with the local public school; August through May.

EARLY HEAD START is for children ages 6 weeks up to 3 years of age. Children are provided (at no charge to parents) age appropriate food, drinks, diapers, pull-ups, wipes, sippy cups, bottles, and bibs among other necessities. Parents provide pacifiers, lovies (favorite stuffed animal/blanket) and changes of clothing. Classrooms are in session from August through June. 

1500 N Museum Rd   Conway, AR
Job search for youth
707 Parkway, Suite 105 Conway AR
501-328-5507 Fax: 501-328-5507
Court appointed special advocates is a national association in the US that supports and promotes court-appointed advocates for abused or neglected children in order to provide children with a safe and health environment in a permanent home. 

Center for Exceptional Children Step by Step
1004 B St, Perryville AR 72126

Development center for children. All your needs for 5 weeks to five years at no cost to parents.

Cheerful Givers
Provides assistance with school supplies for eligible participants. For more information please call 501-327-5665 or 501-327-1522

Child Care Assistance
Program for low-income families, provides financial assistance for quality child care and is made possible by the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF).

Child Support Enforcement
400 East Capital, Little Rock AR
Paternity testing and child support orders

Childcare Network
1150 AR Highway 365
Call for Information

Childcare Aware
Provides information on childcare programs in the area.

Children's Advocacy Alliance
574 Locust Ave, Conway AR
Serves Faulkner, Van Buren, Searcy, Pope, and Conway counties
Call for details

CoHO Academy
608 E. Robins Conway, AR
Education for children and adults

Community Christian Academy
123 HWY 113 S, Bigelow AR 72016
ABC Preschool program, free to those accepted.

Community Connections
2740 College Ave, Conway AR
Free extracurricular activities for children with special needs

Community Services Inc
818 N Creek Dr, Conway AR
501-327-9788 OR 501-329-5848
Education, Juvenile justice, mental health, substance abuse, and day treatment.

Conway Adult Education Center
125 Center Street, Conway AR Contact person Ruth Ann Williams
501-450-4810 Fax 501-450-4818
Programs are for adults 18 and older. Tuition free courses in writing, social studies, basic reading and mathematics skills, GED (high school equivalency diploma), English as a second language classes, ACT prep, computer literacy, intro to Spanish, and WAGE (workforce skills).

Conway Cradle Care
2400 Prince St, Conway AR
Helps teens with kids complete school and provide low cost daycare.

Conway Wage Training Center
1500 Museum RD, Conway Arkansas
GED and work training and career counseling.

Department of Workforce Services
1500 Museum RD STE 111, Conway Arkansas
Offers wide variety of links for employment.

DHS Divison of Youth Services
1000 East Siebenmorgan, Conway AR
501-730-9900 Fax: 501-730-9910
Diagnosis and evaluation assessment of the nature and extent of a youth's physical, emotional, educational and behavioral problems and recommendations for treatment strategies to remedy the identified problems.
Therapy: therapeutic relationship between the client and a qualified therapist for the purpose of accomplishing changes that are identified as goals in the case plan through the use of various counseling techniques. Services to specific individuals may include individual, group or family therapy, or consultation with the referral source as needed. 

Early Childhood Program
Arch ford education service cooperative 101 Bulldog Drive, Plumerville, AR
501-354-2269 Fax: 501-354-6947
Phillip Young
The program provides services to three-five year old children with disabilites Monday-Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm

East End School District
Counseling associates and backpack for kids program
Education Assistance-City of Hope Outreach (COHO) 
We provide free education assistance to children in grades K-12th.  Children may enroll in August, January, and June.
For more information please call 501-205-1614
Enola ABC Preschool
19 Mt Vernon RD Enola AR 72047
Grants funding to those that qualify
Faulkner County Cooperative Exension Service
110 S. Amity Road, Suite 200, Conway AR Faulkner County Natural Resource Center
501-329-8344 Fax 501-329-0483 Contact person: Melanie Malone
Educational information and publications on areas such as family relations, human development, family economics, food, nutrition, health care, clothing, textiles, home furnishings, household equipment, remodeling, gardening, and agriculture. 4-H programs for children and youth, must be a Faulkner County resident.
Office hourse are 8:00 am-4:30 pm (Monday-Friday)
Faulkner County Council on Developmental Disabilites
P.O. Box 2407 1301 N. Museum Road, Conway AR
501-327-3037 Fax: 501-327-8778 Contact person: Rennia Johnson
Job placement and transportation for serverly disabled adults ages 18 and up 8-4:30 pm Mon.-Fri.
1700 South Blvd, Conway AR
For children with development care needs. Meals and transportation are provided. PT, OT, and Speech therapy provided at no cost.

First Presbyterian Church
2400 Prince St, Conway AR
When funding is available provides youths in need of help.

Greenbrier ABC Preschool
61 Glenn Ln Greenbrier, AR
Preschool program with grant based funding

Greenbrier School District
4 School Dr, Greenbrier AR
Home Educators program assistance

Head Start Program (Ozark Oppurtunities Inc.)
501-745-6905 or
Opportunities for infants and toddlers in the Van Buren County area located in Clinton. Providing High Quality, Comprehensive Services to children from ages 6 weeks to 3 years and their families. Services will be at no - cost to those who qualify. 
Recruitment is ongoing; but space is limited so apply today.

HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters)
501-940-8159 or
Sponsored by Arkansas Children's Hospital, serving Van Buren County and Stone Counties
Providing tools to be your 3 and 4 year old child's first teacher, free books, school supplies, and lessons

HUD Briarwood Apartments
501-329-1302 (also see housing)

Independent Living Services

615 Robins St, Conway AR
For individuals with developmental disabilities with an age of onset before age 22.
Supports and assists individuals in acquiring and retaining and improving the skills and abilities needed to live independantly in home and community based settings.
Services include: OT, Speech Therapy, PT, Case management, transportation, residential services, further learning, work oppurtunities, and programs promoting health and wellness.
Life Choices
1330 S Donaghey Ave
Conway, AR 72034
Contact Person: Maria Edwards (Executive Director)
Telephone: 501-329-5944
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; by appointment only. Services:
Help for pregnant women. Also offers parenting classes, ultra-sound up to first 12 seeks of pregnancy.  Free pregnancy testing and counseling. 

Literacy Action of Central Arkansas
1900 Tyler Street
Conway, AR 72034
Contact Person: Aaran Mattson
Telephone: 501-329-7323
Office Hours: Monday - Thursday: 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.; Friday: 10:00 p.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Approximately 145,000 adults (10%) in central Arkansas struggle with basic reading, writing, and math skills. These individuals struggle to read a menu, fill out a job application, or read a bedtime story to their children. Adult literacy is a factor in almost every socioeconomic issue, including parenting, health care, workforce development, and poverty. To address these issues effectively, we must invest in educating adults with low literacy. Literacy Action of Central Arkansas is helping to break the cycle of intergenerational illiteracy and poverty by giving adults the skills they need to be successful as workers and parents. Literacy Action teaches reading skills to adults and English language skills to non-native adults. We help build a community of adults empowered through literacy. Literacy Action has worked hard since 1986 to teach literacy skills to struggling readers in the central Arkansas area. We have offices in Little Rock and Conway, but serve students from a seven county area. In the last 12 months, Literacy Action served over 600 adult students delivering over 11,000 hours of individualized instruction. We believe in acknowledging and advocating for the important role adults play in fostering their children's basic literacy skills and attitudes toward learning. The single greatest indicator of a child's future success is the literacy level of his or her parents. Learning to read enables our students to get family-supporting jobs, have better access to health information and teach their children the value of education. 

1700 South Blvd, Conway AR
For children with development care needs. Meals and transportation are provided. PT, OT, and Speech therapy provided at no cost.
Mt. Vernon-Enola Preschool
PO Box 99 Enola AR
My House, INC
501-329-4252 (also see shelters)
Questbridge National College
Are you a low-income student who has excelled academically, but feels that the nation's best colleges are financially out of reach? The QUESTBRIDGE NATIONAL COLLEGE MATCH was created for students like you.  
Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Van Buren County
Financial assistance and personal support for single parents who are enrolled in college or technical programs and are seeking better-paying careers
501-884-6240 -
Skip Davis, SPSF Chair
Special Education Department, UCA
UCA, Mashburn Hall Suite 150
Conway, AR 72035
Contact Person: Dan Barrington
Telehone: 501-450-3172 or 501-450-5476
Fax: 501-450-5457
Services: A five-week Summer Enrichment clinic.  This program is for school-age children who are a part of a Resource Room.  A fee of $60.00 per 5-week session.  Look under special programs on the ECSE page of the website.  Enrollment begins in March.

29B Nabco Dr, Conway AR
Offers a wide range of employment opportunities including short and long term.

Trio Educational Oppurtunity Center

501-745-7777 or 745-6554 or 870-391-3129 Della Hand
Available at Van Buren County Adult Ed Center at 100 Success Dr, Clinton
Avaiable in Clinton area on Tuesdays 10 am to 3 pm or another day by appointment. Can meet at the Clinton Library or closer to you, the prospective student, as well. 
Assists with applying for financial aid (FAFSA), scholarships, admissions applications to enter college or obtain technical training. The EOC counselor offers help with almost anything to do with education. ALL SERVICES ARE FREE.

University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton
1537 University Blvd, Morrilton, AR 72110
Telephone: 501-977-2053 Telephone: 800-264-1094
Services; General Education, college transfer classes as well as business, technical, industrial health, service oriented classes, and Computer Informations Systems Technology degree. BEOG grants, loans, and scholarships avaliable.  Must have completed 8th grade.  Required to take ACT or ASSET. Child care avaliable on site.  Arkansas Career Pathways Participating College

U.C.A. Division of Academic Outreach
UCA Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center Room 102, Conway AR
Kristy Carter
Non-traditional education, including: youth camps, community education programs, conferences and workshops for youth and adults, credit workshops (off campus and on), correspondence program, and to rent space for educational activites
Office hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Van Buren County Extension Service 
Danny Griffin, County Extension Agent, Agriculture - Staff Chair
Torrie Caston, County Extension Agent, FCS/4-H 501-745-7117
1414 Hwy 65 South, Suite 137, Clinton, AR 72031
Providing research-based information through non-formal education to help all Arkansans improve their economic well-being and their quality of lives. Whether it is agriculture, 4-H, health and living, or community development, our Van Buren County Extension Office is at your service.

Van Buren County Foster Care Coalition

  • Recruit new foster and adoptive homes for children in care in Van Buren County
  • Advocate for children in foster care
  • Provide supports to current foster homes, DCFS, and children and families involved in the child welfare system

Van Buren County Literacy Council: (Adult Learning Center)

501-745-6440 - Brenda Wood
100 Success Drive, Suite 8, Clinton AR, 72153 (VBC County Office Complex)
FREE: One on one tutoring for adults learn to write check, balance a checkbook, devise a budget, and more

Vilonia ABC Preschool
PO Box 99 Vilonia, Arkansas 72173
Grants funding to those that qualify

Wage Training Center 
1500 North Museum Rd
Suite 110-H
Conway, AR 72032
Telephone: 501-730-9867
Fax: 501-730-9731Services: Basic education in math, reading, English, resume writing, job applications, job readiness training, letter writing, computer literacy, and life skills.  Clerical certificates, industrial certificates, and employer certificates.  Now has a training program at the Adult Ed. Building.  Monday through Thursday 8:00am- 4:00pm.  Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., (Monday through Friday)

White River Planning and Development District, Inc. 870-793-5233
1652 White Drive,  Batesville, AR 72501