Temporary Home Needed for Lawrence Tornado-damaged Daycare Center Hosting Head Start

A Lawrence daycare center is requesting the public’s help to find a temporary facility to replace one heavily damaged by the May 28 tornado.  The families of 70 children, including 17 ECKAN Early Head Start children, lost high-quality childcare, which they depend upon to work or attend school.

ECKAN’s Head Start Director Clara Cox visited the site this week to assess the damage and offer help to Building Blocks Daycare. ECKAN has partnered with Building Blocks since 2014 to provide classroom space for its high-quality Head Start classroom programs for children ages 6 weeks to 3 years and their families.

“We are so grateful that no one was hurt,” Cox said as she surveyed the damaged classrooms. “The children’s families are all low-income, and parents are either working or going to school full-time, which means that loss of childcare jeopardizes their jobs and/or schooling.”

Kansas DCF, Child Care Aware, and ECKAN have all been supporting families to find temporary licensed childcare until Building Blocks is able to find a location to begin providing services, Cox said.

“ECKAN appeals to the Lawrence community to see if there are any possible locations for Building Blocks to continue serving children and families long enough for them to clean up the tornado’s destruction and rebuild their facility.” Cox said. “We appreciate all of the prayers, love and support the community has been offering to Building Blocks and the many other affected parties in Lawrence.”

Send ideas and information about facilities to buildingblocksdirectors@gmail.com.

East Central Kansas Economic Development Corp. (ECKAN) is a community action agency helping low-income persons in 16 counties toward self-sufficiency. ECKAN offers multiple programs in Douglas County including Head Start, which provides high-quality in-home and preschool education and support for children and their families.