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As of June 1, the Ballard Center’s Education Department is open and we are welcoming all of our children back! It’s been a long couple of months, but we’re so excited to see our kids on a daily basis once again. However, our food and clothing pantry is still closed to the public until further notice. 

We have openings in all four of our classrooms, ranging from ages 2-5. You can find an enrollment form here to enroll your child at an early education center with a staff of teachers that boasts 37 years of combined experience. Please contact Amanda Vervynck, Ballard’s Education Director, at if you have any questions. 

Although Ballard is open, concerns pertaining to COVID-19 aren’t going anywhere. As a result, the Ballard Center is taking the necessary cleaning and safety precautions to ensure the safety of our children and staff members. 

Local Resources

This web page has all the information regarding Douglas County’s response to coronavirus. It has state-wide and local statistics, educational videos, how to find help, and much more!

Also, you can find a list of Douglas County food resources here

Our friends at United Way of Douglas County are also giving away masks every Monday from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. You can fill out a form online to requests masks in order to practice the proper safety to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Just Food is still conducting contactless curbside food distribution at their Douglas County location, 1000 E. 11th Street, Lawrence, KS 66046 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Each household is eligible to receive one grocery box per week. If you are a new Just Food client or have not used their services in 2020, you need to fill out a client application

Just Food will still offer deliveries, but those will be reserved for clients who are unable to pick up via curbside distribution. For more information Just Food’s COVID-19 resources, please visit their website

Where can I get tested? 

If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, you can get tested at the CVS at 2300 Iowa St. in Lawrence. According to the Lawrence Journal-World, the CVS will use self-swab tests that will be conducted from patients’ vehicles. The tests will be free, but patients must enter their insurance information during the appointment scheduling process. There are also funds that have been set aside to grant free tests to individuals without health insurance. Possible symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and may include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea 

What about my rent?

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly had to let all of her executive orders lapse on May 26, which included an order prohibiting evictions and foreclosures for people unable to pay their bills because of the pandemic. This means that if you do not pay rent, you can once again be evicted.

Kelly has tasked the Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas task force with examining what options are available to protect homeowners and renters in Kansas, as well as banks and businesses who manage the properties.