Resources – Children, Education, Family
These resource pages are intended for current guests, former guests, or anyone in Lawrence / Douglas County at risk of homelessness.
If you fall into any of these categories, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us here at the shelter. Your email will be received by one of our staff, who will write you back promptly in order to provide support and advice.
On these pages you can find resources organized under the clickable headings in the resources menu.
Please note that we only post links to resources that explicitly and specifically target our local community here in Lawrence / Douglas County.
Please click here to suggest new resources (targeting our local community only, please), offer corrections, or report broken links.
Children, Education, Family
Adult Learning Center
2145 Louisiana Street
GED classes, assessments, employment skills, and goal-setting.
Ballard Community Services
708 Elm Street
High quality child-care, emergency food, commodities, children’s clothing, family support staff for child-care clients.
Big Brothers and Big Sisters
2518 Ridge Court, Room 206
BBBS strives to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence
1520 Haskell Avenue
Programs and activities focused on three impact areas: academic success, good character and leadership, and healthy lifestyles. After-school and summer programs.
1247 Kentucky Street
Provides: food voucher, rent and utility assistance, adoption and hospice services, transportation, counseling, legal immigration support and consult, case management, marriage for keeps, holiday supports, disaster relief, and advocacy.
ChildCare Aware of Eastern Kansas
2706 Iowa Street, Suite C
Customized child care referrals, professional development and resouces for early childhood professionals, and referrals to community resources for individuals, children, and families.
The Children’s Shelter, Inc.
1925 Delaware Street
Provides youth residential program for 10-18 year olds, juvenile intake, family and foster care services, and prevention and diversion program.
City of Lawrence, KS
6 East 6th Street
Committed to providing excellent city services that enhance the quality of life for the Lawrence community.
Community Children’s Center / Head Start
925 Vermont Street
Promotes healthy development for children ages 3-5 years. Provides pre-school services Monday-Friday. Must meet federal income guidelines to qualify.
DCCCA (Douglas County Citizens Committee on Alcoholism)
1739 East 23rd Street (Outpatient)
3312 Clinton Parkway (Office)
Child-placing agency, outpatient intervention, assessment, treatment, and support groups for individuals and families where the abuse of alcohol and other drugs has become a problem. Court evaluations for DUI and criminal charges.
Early Childhood Education
1605 Davis Road
Kennedy Elementary School
Lawrence Public Schools offers pre-kindergarten and early childhood programs; offers screening for 3-5 year olds.
Family Promise of Lawrence
PO Box 266, Lawrence, KS 66044
Provides transitional housing for families with children through an interfaith network of congregations.
Haskell Indian Nations University
155 Indian Avenue
The premier national intertribal university serving members of federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native nations.
Headquarters Counseling Center
211 East 8th Street, Suite C
Free 24/7 counseling and referrals to other services for any personal concern. Individuals needing help but who are unsure where to begin are encouraged to contact the center. Suicide prevention and bereavement support also available.
Johnson County Community College, Peaslee Tech
2920 Haskell Avenue
Provides technical training to a diverse community of learners.
Kansas Department for Children and Families
1901 Delaware Street
Adult- and child-in-need-of-care services, adult and child protective services, income assistance, food stamps and medical cards, child support enforcement, job training and assistance, income eligible child care, and vocation rehabilitation for people with disabilities.
Kansas Office of Vital Statistics
1000 SW Jackson Street, #120
Topeka, KS 66612
Maintains and issues certified copies of vital records for events (births, deaths, marriages and divorces) that occur in Kansas.
Kansas Protection Report Center
If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected; phones answered 24/7.
KU Child & Family Services Clinic
1000 Synnyside Avenue
Provides quality mental health care to the children, adolescents and families of the Lawrence community; offers sliding scale based on income
Lawrence Diploma Completion Program
711 West 23rd Street
Assists persons 18 and older in obtaining a high school diploma.
Lawrence Parks & Recreation Department
115 West 11th Street
Offers recreational classes and facility reservations; maintain City parks. Several recreation facilities throughout the City of Lawrence offering free play, weight room, cardio-room and family programming.
Lawrence Public Library
707 Vermont Street
Books, periodicals, DVDs, music CDs, computers and internet access, public meeting rooms, a wide variety of information and resources.
Lawrence Public Schools, USD 497
110 McDonald Drive
Serves students pre-kindergarten through grade 12.
Parents as Teachers
1430 Haskell Avenue
Resources and programs for parents of children prenatal through 3 years, including group connections for parents and special services for pregnant and parenting teens.
Resident Services Office (Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority)
1600 Haskell Avenue, #187
Services provided to those living in Public Housing or Section 8 housing: employment and education assistance, crisis intervention, youth programming, internet access, budget counseling, self-sufficiency, home ownership program and more.
Success by Six
1525 West 6th Street, Suite A
785-842-8719 / 785-979-7607
Free home-visitation program that helps with family life management for families with children age 0-5 years; therapeutic & case management services, parenting support, information, referral, support and advocacy.
2619 West 6th Street, Suite B
Provides support and resources for Douglas County children and families, with a special emphasis on young children, birth to three years of age, who have special needs.
Willow Domestic Violence Center
Call for address
785-843-3333 / 1-800-770-3030
Provides free and confidential services to victims of domestic violence. Services include 24-hour crisis hotline, safe shelter, peer counseling, support group, court advocacy and more.