Community Connections kicks off spring programs

Community Connections is kicking off its spring programs starting this month, and registration has already begun.

The programs offered this spring are martial arts, My Art, ACTS Jr. Theatre, TOP Soccer, Showstoppers Cheerleading, and music. Each program is adapted for children, ages 3-18, with special needs and is free of charge so that every child has a chance to participate in sports and fine arts. Programs are offered in Russellville, Conway and Little Rock.  

Parents can register their children at

Martial Arts started Saturday, Feb. 8, and will continue to meet the second Saturday of every month until April at Gran Master Hans in Conway.

The next program to begin will be ACTS Jr. in Conway and Russellville, starting Monday, Feb. 17, at New Life Church and First Assembly in Russellville. TOP Soccer will begin at the University of Central Arkansas and My Art will begin at the Faulkner County Library in Conway on Saturday, Feb. 22.

TOP Soccer is offered in Little Rock, Conway, and Russellville. The My Art in Little Rock will begin Tuesday, Feb. 25.

My Art is among the spring programs offered through Community Connections.

Lastly, music will begin in Conway at Preston Palmer Studio and in Little Rock at Pediatrics Plus on Wednesday, March 5.   

Community Connections will be launching new TOP Soccer and Showstoppers Cheerleading programs in Russellville this spring. Times and locations are listed on the website at registration.

Community Connections also offers the Dyslexia Project and the Autism Resource Center of Arkansas year round for education and support for families. The Autism Resource Center consists of a resource library, where books can be checked out free of charge, and a resource guide that is now available on the Community Connections website. The ARC of AR also offers a monthly Young Adults With Disabilities support group meeting and a free seasonal workshop for parents where guest speakers provide educational support. The first workshop will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 1. The workshop is free of charge and childcare is provided on site.  Topics will include access to ABA therapy under the new Affordable Care Act, recent research conducted at ACH, biomedical treatments and interventions, and counseling for children and families affected by autism. Parents can register online for more details.

Community Connections is a non-profit organization that provides extra-curricular activities for kids with special needs and support for their families. Families of children with disabilities are typically caught in a busy schedule of school, doctor visits and therapy, leaving very little time for fun and healthy activities. Community Connections has recognized these needs and offers programs and meetings free of charge so every family and child has a chance to participate.

For more information about the programs offered, contact Courtney Leach at 501.733.1627, or email [email protected]. Information is also available at