The Child Care Licensing division works with all child care facilities in Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Lyon, Marion, Morris, Osage, and Wabaunsee Counties.
With few exceptions, anyone who provides care for children (other than those related by blood, marriage or adoption) must be licensed with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, regardless of why they provide the care or if there is advertisement of or payment for services, according to Kansas law. The law permits nanny care to be unlicensed (watching a child in their own home), relative care (up to a certain degree removed), and for someone to watching up to two children for twenty cumulative hours per week.
County Inspection Fee: $60-$125
Online Training: $20
First Aid/CPR Training: $50
Fingerprint Background Checks: $15 if done at CareArc
Other costs may include child safety devices, cots/mats, bedding, books, toys, etc.
You must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED and be able to pass a fingerprint background check. We do not license apartments.
You can find state regulations for child care facilities at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment website.
There is not a regulation requiring specific insurance for your daycare. You are required to have full coverage on any vehicles used for transporting daycare children.
The process can take up to 90 days to get a temporary permit allowing you to open your daycare.