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For Immediate Release

Easterseals Arkansas Closes Some Programs Over Concern of Coronavirus

March 12, 2020

Media Contact:
Jillian Jacuzzi

LITTLE ROCK, AR – In light of Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s directive to close schools in the area, and after reviewing recommendations by the CDC, the non-profit organization made the decision to close its two developmental preschools, The Academy at Riverdale, and Outpatient Therapy services. The closings will take effect Friday, March 13, and last through Friday, March 20. The Little Rock Developmental Preschool as well as the Grand Prairie Child Development Center in Stuttgart typically are open weekdays during the entire year. The Academy is the organization’s private school serving students ages 5-21. 

This decision was not made lightly, but the health and safety of the children served by these programs is top priority. Easterseals Arkansas will continue to work closely with its health advisors and state officials to determine the best course of action moving forward as everyone monitors the progress of COVID-19.


Easterseals Arkansas provides exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities. Easterseals Arkansas has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for more than 75 years. From child development centers to physical rehabilitation and job training for people with disabilities, Easterseals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life's challenges and achieve personal goals.

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