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.

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.

Currently Closed: Pantry hours are between 11:00AM – 2:00PM, Monday through Friday at 708 Elm.

News & Info

  • Welcome Back: Ballard preschool to open June 1

    Greetings Ballard families! It has been a long couple of months. With that said, we are excited to announce we are officially open on June 1. All parents will receive a form outlining our new policies and procedures. Our new hours are 8:30-5:30, with drop-off taking place between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. All further instructions can be

    May 29, 2020
  • Dillons Community Rewards

    Did you know you can support the Ballard Center while shopping for your groceries? Just go to and follow the instructions below! Doing this does not affect your fuel rewards.Of course, you can always donate to Ballard at

    May 28, 2020
  • ‘We found a community’ Ballard Center still finds ways to help

    By Anonymous Ballard parent The Ballard Center has given us so much more than just an education for our two sons with autism. We have an entire team of people invested in our family and dedicated to ensuring our success and stability. We found a community. They connected us with Autism Services of Kansas, which

    May 5, 2020
  • Ballard Center launches Giving Tuesday Now fundraiser

    Ballard Center is participating in #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving and unity, set to take place on May 5, 2020, as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. One generous donor has agreed to match your donation to Ballard Center! As a result, your total donation amount will be double your

    April 20, 2020