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.

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

News & Info

  • 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
  • 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