LEARN HOW TO

BECOME A CHILD CARE PROVIDER

STEP 1

Make sure you are eligible to become a licensed care provider.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a high school graduate or the equivalent

  • Complete orientation prior to submitting an application. Contact the child care surveyor in the county where the facility will be located to complete orientation.

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STEP 2

Fill in and submit

Complete this online application packet to be on your way to a new career as a licensed child care provider in Kansas. A KBI/DCF Background Check and State License Application Fee is required as part of the application process (some counties may also require a fee).

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STEP 3

Receive initial professional development training.

Within 30 days of submitting your application, you must receive the following training in courses approved by the KDHE secretary:

Training Requirements
  • Pediatric first aid and pediatric cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification (a face-to-face skill test is required, and a copy of the current certification card must be on file)
  • Recognizing and reporting signs of child abuse or neglect (including prevention of shaken baby syndrome and abusive head trauma, and the reporting of suspected child abuse or neglect)
  • Basic child development (including supervision of children)
  • Safe sleep practices and sudden infant death syndrome
  • Prevention and control of infectious disease (including immunizations)
  • Prevention and response to emergencies caused by food and allergic reactions
  • Building and premises safety (including identification and protection from hazards that can cause bodily injury)
  • Emergency preparedness and response planning (for natural disasters or human-caused events)
  • Handling of hazardous materials
  • Transporting children safely
  • Medication administration

Find training resources here.

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STEP 4

Discover optional assistance programs to help your child care center.

  • Become a DCF provider. As an approved DCF provider, you will not only make it possible for parents to receive affordable child care, you will also increase the demand for your child care center.

  • Participate in CACFP. When your center participates in the Child and Adult Care Food Program, you receive financial reimbursement for each meal you provide the children in your care.

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