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Who Are We?

Community Children's Center has served Douglas County since 1965, bridging the gap in available, accessible, and affordable high-quality early childhood care for kids 0-5 in our community.

We provide education, support, advocacy, and programs to build stronger families and promote family and workplace health in Lawrence.

If you would like to join us in supporting Douglas County's littlest learners, please join our growing group of supporters, volunteers, and donors, all of whom are dedicated to supporting infants, toddlers, and young children in our community.

Early Childhood
Community Center

Community Children's Center is dedicated to providing young children a nurturing and supportive environment. Our Early Childhood Community Center, currently slated to open in late summer of 2024, will focus on high-quality care for children aged 0-5, emphasizing infants to 18 months.
 

The facility will operate both during the day, overnight and on weekends with 138 spots to help fill the crisis in care in Douglas County. We will also offer short-term drop-in care for added flexibility.

A rendering of what our new early childhood community center will look like.
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Family Resource  Center

Our Family Resource Center helps support young families when and where they need it most. Whether at home, in the workplace, or at our offices, we meet with folks to help them tackle complex problems and provide information, education, advocacy, and support.
 

Our team can help navigate systems such as assistance seeking employment or education, help make sure both parents and children have the material items they need, access services through our partners, and help them be the best parents they can be!

Early Childhood
Clothing Closet

As part of our mission to support families in need, Community Childrens Center operates an early childhood clothing closet. We provide free, gently used clothing for sizes 0-6T and maternity wear.
 

We understand that as children grow, clothing can be a significant expense for families, and we want to help alleviate that burden. We welcome all donations and encourage families needing to make an appointment to shop at our closet. Every little bit helps, and we're proud to do our part in supporting our community.

A picture of shoes for newborns on display in our early chlidhood clothing closet.
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Grow & Go Playgroup

At Community Children's Center, we understand the importance of socialization for young children. Our team is dedicated to providing a welcoming and friendly environment where kids can learn and grow while having fun.

We believe in the power of play-based learning, and our programs are designed to foster creativity and curiosity in every child. Our Grow and Go programs are a great step in social-emotional development for children using play and song. Even better, the sessions are free and don't require advance sign-up. Join us most Thursdays from 10-11AM to give your child the best possible start in life!

Our Impact

We're excited to see the big impact we've made in our community in 2023. We hope to further work to bridge the gap in available, affordable, and accessible care in 2024 with the opening of our Early Childhood Communtiy Center.

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10,000

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200/500

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150

The number of clothing items for 0-5 year olds and expectant mothers which we have distributed in 2023 to members of our community.

The number of familes and the number of children we have served with Community Children's Center services in 2023.

The number of famlies who recieved education, outreach, support, and assistance through our Family Resource Center programming including on-site visits and Responsive Caregiving classes.

Upcoming Events

  • Grow and Go Infants and Toddlers
    Grow and Go Infants and Toddlers
    Multiple Dates
    Thu, Jun 20
    Lawrence
    Jun 20, 2024, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    Lawrence, 1605 Davis Rd, Lawrence, KS 66046, USA
    Come learn, play and grow with us. Grow and Go is an hour-long playgroup at Kennedy Early Childhood Care Center. Free and open to everyone in Douglas County!
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  • Grow and Go: Babies!
    Grow and Go: Babies!
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, Jun 25
    Lawrence
    Jun 25, 2024, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    Lawrence, 1605 Davis Rd, Lawrence, KS 66046, USA
    A playgroup for prenatal & infants! Join us on Tuesdays to learn through play.
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