Community Children's Center, Inc. (CCC) has over 50 years of experience delivering high-quality early education to children experiencing poverty and trauma in Lawrence and Douglas County, Kansas.
We aim to improve social-emotional competence and school readiness for young children and their families experiencing economic, educational, and social challenges.
Since 2015, CCC has been a member of the Douglas County Early Childhood Trauma Collaborative, which raised over $100,000 to develop trauma-informed services in our early childhood community. The Trauma Smart model was implemented in four of Douglas County's largest preschools, serving over 600 children. In 2018, CCC received United Way funding to educate additional child care centers and agencies on the Trauma Smart model.
In 2021, CCC was awarded funding for a three-year Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention Grant to create an Early Childhood Community Center for Douglas County. This collaborative project will explore innovative strategies and broad collaborations to bolster the early childhood infrastructure in our community. Click here to learn more!
In the summer of 2022, CCC was awarded over $3.5 million in America Rescue Plan Act funding to acquire a building at 346 Maine St. in Lawrence, Kansas. This building will serve as the Early Childhood Community Center and include a child care facility, community space, a family resource center, and support for early childhood professionals. Construction is due to be completed in 2024.