After thirty-three years at its helm, Diana Beck has retired from the Conway County Center for Exceptional Children. Under her leadership, the Center has grown to three campuses: Beginnings Preschool in Morrilton and Step by Step Early Learning Center in Perryville, both Early Intervention Day Treatment facilities and ACTION Services. ACTION Services in Morrilton is an Adult Developmental Day Treatment facility offering work opportunities and life skills programming to the individuals served. Meals and transportation are offered to each of the over 100 individuals currently enrolled in the Center.
Through multiple challenges, including a facility being destroyed by fire, the Center has continued to provide inclusive environments where children and adults can reach goals and gain independence. Beck’s commitment and heart for accessibility and community involvement for all have set a high bar for programs around the state and have provided a nurturing, safe environment for countless families since she took on the role at the Center in 1988.
Mayor Allen Lipsmeyer declared December 22 Diana Beck Day in honor of her service to the community and the many lives she has touched.