Creating opportunities through education

The Community Group

Our Story

Creating opportunities through education since 1970



We create and manage programs that educate children and support educators. Partnering with families and the larger community, we prepare infants through school age children for bright futures.


Our award-winning programs:


  • Have closed the achievement gap for K-8 students
  • Support the education and healthy development of infants-school age children
  • Expand the skills and expertise of educators

Since beginning in 1970 as Community Day Care Center of Lawrence, a preschool with enrollment of 20 children, we have grown to an agency that manages: successful public schools; education and care programs dedicated to the healthy development of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school age children; training and professional development programs for educators; and resources that facilitate access to early education and care for families.

Thousands of children and families from several generations have benefited from our programs over the years and our programs continue to evolve to meet their needs.


read the history of The Community Group program