Developmental & Special Education Preschool

At Archild’s special education preschool in Little Rock, we are committed to offering early childhood education for kids with special needs. Our educators have been specifically trained to assist children in reaching their developmental targets in a nurturing environment.

What Makes Our Special Needs Preschool Different

Our teachers are experts in special education and go above and beyond to ensure each child receives the best care possible. Our curriculum is tailored to meet each child’s individual needs and interests. We make sure that our classrooms are equipped with high-quality materials that promote learning in all areas of development.

Archild’s unique and innovative learning environment provides a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment for children with special needs*. Our program focuses on the development of communication skills, language development, social-emotional growth, and cognitive skills.

We also provide pediatric therapies such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and sensory integration. Our goal is to help each student reach their highest potential while having fun in the process.

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*You would have to meet certain criteria and have acceptable insurance (contact us to learn more).

Individualized Learning Plans

Every child is unique and has their own set of strengths, challenges, and learning styles. That’s why we prioritize individualized learning plans that are tailored to meet the specific needs of each student.

Our team of educators and specialists works closely with parents and caregivers to gather information about the child’s abilities, goals, and areas of focus. We create personalized FrogStreet learning plans with academic, social, and functional goals, as well as strategies & interventions to support progress. By customizing our approach to learning, we ensure each child receives the targeted support they need to thrive.

We regularly review and update these plans, monitoring the child’s progress and making adjustments as necessary to ensure their continued growth and success.

Pediatric & Developmental Therapy Options

Archild Preschool understands that every child is unique and may require different types of therapies to support their development. That’s why we offer a variety of pediatric and developmental therapies catered specifically for our special needs students. Our therapies include:

Occupational Therapy – focuses on improving fine motor skills, sensory processing, and daily living skills. This is especially beneficial for children with conditions such as autism or Down syndrome.

Speech & Language Therapy – helps children with communication difficulties. Our speech therapists use various techniques to improve articulation and language skills in a fun and engaging way.

Physical Therapy – for children who struggle with physical movement or coordination. This type of therapy helps improve gross motor skills, balance, strength, and coordination through exercises and activities.

Types of Conditions We Help Treat

Archild accepts children with a variety of diagnoses that include, but are not limited to:


Developmental Delay




Learning Disability


Speech/Language Delay


Fine/Gross Motor Delay


Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)


Down Syndrome


Failure to Thrive


Cerebral Palsy


Seizure Disorder


Brain Injury


Prenatal Drug / Alcohol Abuse

Social Skills Development

At Archild’s special education and developmental preschool, we understand the vital importance of social skills development for children with special needs. Our program places a strong emphasis on fostering social-emotional growth and helping children build positive relationships with their peers. Through structured activities, group interactions, and play-based learning experiences, we create a supportive environment where children can develop essential social skills at their own pace.

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Communication Skills

At Archild, we focus on helping children with special needs develop effective communication skills, including verbal and non-verbal communication, active listening, and expressing thoughts and feelings appropriately.

children playing together at table

Emotional Regulation

Our program emphasizes teaching children techniques to manage their emotions, such as deep breathing exercises, identifying and expressing emotions, and developing coping strategies to regulate their feelings in different social situations.

children playing together at table

Social Awareness & Etiquette

We guide children in understanding social norms and appropriate social behavior. They learn about greetings, taking turns, respecting personal space, and being mindful of others’ feelings, creating a well-rounded foundation for social interactions.

Experienced and Trained Staff

At Archild’s developmental preschool, we take pride in our team of highly experienced and trained staff members.

Our educators and specialists possess a deep understanding of working with children with special needs and a genuine passion for their well-being and growth. They are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and expertise necessary to provide individualized support and instruction that caters to the unique needs of each child.

Our staff members regularly engage in professional development opportunities to stay up-to-date with the latest research, methodologies, and best practices in special education.

Transition Planning

Another service we provide is by preparing children with special needs for smooth transitions to mainstream education or other specialized programs. With a focus on individualized support and collaboration, we work closely with families, educators, and relevant professionals to create tailored transition plans that address each child’s unique needs and goals.

By providing continuous support and guidance, we empower children with special needs to navigate transitions with confidence and achieve their full potential in their next location.