Family Questionnaires are Due MARCH 24th.                  The Ballard Center currently has openings in the 4 year old classroom! Please contact Sarah Jane Russell at                  Warm Hearts heat assistance program takes applications Monday through Friday 10AM to 12PM... and 1PM to 3PM at Pennhouse. 1035 Pennsylvania St. Call 842-0440 for more details.                  The VITA Income Tax Program from the University of Kansas School of Law will help with Income Tax filings at Ballard Center on the following dates... March 30th, April 6th, and April 13th.                  Kansas Legal Services will be at Pennhouse to answer legal questions April 14th from 9AM to 11:30AM

Elizabeth Ballard Community Center

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Our goal at Ballad Community Center is to help children grow and thrive.
We believe that through a loving and structured environment children will flourish
Our classrooms offer both free play and educational activities.
Our goals for social and emotional learning are supported in our daily language, our mission and our classroom structure.

Support staff at Ballard Community Center include:

Director of Education
Brandy Whitten

Director of Family Connections
Sarah Jane Russell

Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant
Lesa West

We value our relationship with families at the Ballard Community Center and want to be accessible and communicative.
We value your child!
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Who We Are

Ballard Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide an affordable, high-quality early education program and basic life assistance to low-income families and individuals in need.

We're a hearty band of do-gooders.

Contact Us

Executive Director
Becky Price

Early Education Director
Brandy Whitten

Family Connections and Community Engagement Director
Sarah Jane Russell

Site Administrator
Rick Palmer

(785) 842 0729

(785) 331 3714

708 Elm St.
P.O. Box 7
Lawrence, KS 66044

What We Do

Early childhood education
Developmental evaluation
Food Bank
Mobile Food Bank
Senior Commodities
Free Clothing
Rent and utility assistance
Legal Services
Tax Services

Job Openings