Youth Programs

UCA is proud to offer a variety of educational programs designed especially for youth grades Pre-K through 12. These programs are available throughout the year and even summer. Browse the list below for current offerings. If you are looking for something specific, contact us at 501.450.3118 or

Teen Coding Class

Is your teenager interested in tech and coding? The Teen Coding Class would be the perfect outlet for your teen to get hands-on experience and be introduced to the world of coding! Students will learn to build Android applications from scratch using real-world technologies, all taught by local software developers. No prior coding knowledge is required, only a desire to learn. Sign up today!

Regular Fee: $29

Tues, Thurs, October 2 - October 25

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Class will last for four (4) weeks on Tuesday and Thursday during the month of October.

Location: UCA College of Business Room 308

Instructor: Senior Software Developers from SPP


Introduction to Video Animation for Kids – NEW DATE BELOW

(This class has been moved from Sept. 15 to Saturday, Oct. 13) In this fun class, youngsters will learn the history of stop motion animation, how to create storyboards and how to create their very own movie. For this class, each student must bring 3-5 poseable action figures that stand or a medium-sized toy vehicle. Both are welcomed; completed Lego kits and minifigures can also be brought to class and used in the movie. Please bring an iPad or cell phone that can run the Stop Motion Studio app.

Regular Fee: $65

Sat, October 13 -

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Please note the new date listed above.


ACT Prep Course

This course is designed for high school students (10th grade and above) who have previously scored between 17-25 on the ACT or for high schoolers who have yet to take the test. Four UCA faculty/staff members will review subject material and offer test-taking tips to help students progress through the exam in a more reasonable and timely manner. Class sizes are kept fairly small to maximize learning. Registration for this course does not automatically register you to take the ACT exam.

Regular Fee: $100

Mon, Wed, October 1 - October 24

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


IT Careers Camp

The IT Careers Camp is designed to heighten students' interest in computers and technology-related careers.  The camp is designed to educate students about IT careers and to encourage them to continue their education beyond high school.  Students will be part of a select group comprised of some of Arkansas' brightest students as they learn about interesting and rewarding careers in IT. If you are a rising 9th through 12th grader, submit an application! Selection is competitive.

Regular Fee: $99

Thurs, Fri, June 21 - June 22


Location: UCA

Instructor: UCA Staff Members & Alumni


Reading Programs

Since 2015, UCA Outreach and Community Engagement has offered reading programs designed and taught by instructors from the Institute of Reading Development. The Institute of Reading Development has taught valuable reading skills to more than two million students across the United States since 1970. Like many other colleges and universities nationwide, UCA Outreach is proud to bring the Institute’s programs and instructors to families in our community. These customized programs help students become better readers at every age and inspire a love of books and reading. In the programs for children (4-year-olds through 5th grade), students have fun while learning phonics and word-attack skills, building fluency and comprehension, and becoming confident readers. Your child will be excited about books and reading and get off to a great start in the upcoming school year. In the programs for adolescents (6th grade and up), students improve comprehension in both fiction and non-fiction while doubling their reading speed. Students get better grades in school by learning the best way to read and study textbooks, take notes, and study for tests.

Regular Fee: Varies

Reading programs for all ages


Summer Camps

Each year, the University of Central Arkansas offers an array of summer learning opportunities for youth. We are proud to offer summer enrichment programs in reading, writing, health, foreign language and a variety of other educational topics designed especially for youth grades Pre-K through 12. These summer programs have been developed by UCA Colleges and other academic departments. Please take time to browse the entire list of offerings and sign your student up for one or more summer programs.

Regular Fee: Varies

Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat,

Programs are offered at various campus locations.

Location: UCA Campus

Instructor: Various | UCA Summer Camps Website