Welcome to Central Children's Academy

Central Children's Academy offers a preschool program for children ages six weeks to Pre-Kindergarten. The state of Arkansas fully licenses the program and is an accredited Arkansas’ Better Beginnings Level III program. Better Beginnings is a voluntary system for all childcare programs in Arkansas.  Accredited programs have committed to providing quality care, nurturing attention, and appropriate educational activities that are important to the development of the whole child.  During the accreditation process, our staff and facility were assessed in many areas, including curriculum, administrative practices, administration and staff qualifications and professional development, and developmentally appropriate early childhood practices.


CCA is proud to be among the few partial-day Better Beginnings Level III accredited facilities in the state, and we work diligently to maintain this level of quality as a childcare and educational facility.


Preschool Program

CCA's preschool program is a weekday, year-round program that serves children ages 6 weeks through pre-kindergarten. Current operating hours are 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Parents have the choice of enrolling their child two, three, or five days per week.


A morning snack and lunch are provided and meet the USDA Adult and Child Nutritional guidelines. Current immunizations must be provided at the time of enrollment.  Please see our "Resource" area for an immunization schedule and current menu.

CCA's Preschool Program:

  • Has a weekly chapel program with CUMC’s children’s ministry leaders
  • Children are “learning by doing”
  • Children have many developmentally appropriate learning choices for enhanced activities and experiences during the day
  • Children are treated with respect and taught to respect others
  • For tuition information, please click here.

Please contact us by email at  ccaadmin@centraltolife.com for more information. 

Health & Security at CCA

At Central Children's Academy, your child's safety is of the utmost importance. We offer several safety and security features to ensure every child can learn and play in a safe and fun environment. Here are some of the security features offered at CCA: 

  • Security cameras in all rooms
  • Authorized pick-up list
  • Teachers trained in playground safety
  • Background checks performed on all staff
  • All staff trained in CPR and First Aid
  • AED on site
  • Security monitoring 24/7 by JE Alarm

For information about our security, please contact us by clicking here or calling 479-443-4037.


CCA provides a breakfast, snack, and lunch according to the USDA guidelines for nutritious meals.  Meals are prepared on campus by the CUMC food service coordinator.  We are a peanut-free facility.  For children with special dietary needs or allergies, parents are required to submit a form upon enrollment.  A doctor's note may be required to excuse some foods and/or drinks.  Prayer is said before every meal.

Better Beginnings

Central Children's Academy was established as a nonprofit entity by Central United Methodist Church in 1978 to serve Northwest Arkansas families and their children by providing weekday, year-round childcare services. The Academy operates a preschool program, with two, three, or five day care options. The program is fully licensed by the State of Arkansas and certified Level Three by Better Beginnings (the Arkansas Quality Rating and Improvement System for early education and care programs). For more information about Central Children's Academy, please contact us by calling 479-443-4037, or emailing us, at CcAADMIN@CENTRALTOLIFE.COM .