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Ballard Center is a non-profit organization that provides a high quality, affordable early education program and essential basic life assistance for families and individuals in need. Programs include:

  • Food security
  • Clothing assistance, including professional clothing for women transitioning back into work through our Suitable for Work closet
  • Assistance with taxes, rent, utilities, and prescriptions
  • Holiday meal for families through Holiday Bureau
  • An early childhood program that provides affordable quality education for children ages two through five in a daycare setting with a trauma-informed curriculum. If you’re searching for an affordable preschool in Lawrence, KS, look no further!

In 2019, the Ballard Center had 61 children enrolled in early childhood education, and 244 household members were impacted by our early education program. Ballard’s services reached the community in other ways, too, as 543 household members were impacted by our emergency services, and we had 1,068 unduplicated clients visit our pantries.

By Appointment only: Monday through Friday at 708 Elm.

News & Info

  • Ballard Center receives pair of grants, will participate in 9/11 National Day of Service

    Grants provided by Frontier Farm Credit Working Here Fund for Hunger and Nutrition and Kansas Volunteer Commission  LAWRENCE, KANSAS – The Ballard Center received a $2,000 grant from Frontier Farm Credit’s Working Here Fund and a $500 grant from the Kansas Volunteer Commission. The money from these grants allows Ballard to participate in the 2020

    September 8, 2020
  • Find your purpose, work at Ballard!

    We have exciting news! United Way of Douglas County is partnering with community agencies to place AmeriCorps workers, and the Ballard Center is one of seven local organizations that will be a host site for this program, which will improve our capacity to serve economically disadvantaged and impoverished community members. If you’re looking for a

    July 10, 2020
  • Ballard Center open for enrollment

    Become part of the Ballard Center family! We are currently recruiting students for our early childhood education program, ages 2-5. Our caring and dedicated teachers, who combine for 37 years of experience, create an environment where each child is treated with dignity and respect and can grow at his or her own pace. Ballard is

    June 10, 2020
  • New Playground Mulch!

    Our playground revamp is done! Today we received, unloaded, and spread 46,000 POUNDS of high grade shredded rubber playground mulch! This material has an average life expectancy of 20 years!!!! This will save us the cost of replacing our wood mulch every year. First and foremost, we have to thank Greg Gardner. He did 100%

    June 5, 2020