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The Ballard Center’s Education Department is open and we are welcoming all of our children back! It was a long couple of months, and we were so excited to see our kids on a daily basis once again. Our food and clothing pantry is open to clients by appointment only. Please call 785-842-0729 to schedule a pantry visit.  

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 Charlotte Marthaler, 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. 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 open for business at their Douglas County location, 1000 E. 11th Street, Lawrence, KS 66046 from 9:00AM to 6:00PM on Tuesdays and 9:00AM to 4:00PM Wednesday-Friday. 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 in person. 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?

On September 15, Kansas extended the state of disaster emergency through October 15, 2020. The Governor extended Executive Order 20-61, the eviction moratorium, through EO 20-64.1. h. The CDC Agency Order is still in effect through December 31, if the tenant signs a declaration.