Quality Child Care

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Child Care Numbers in Kansas

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Investing in Quality Care Benefits Kansas

Children, families, communities, businesses … our entire state benefits when the littlest Kansans receive a great start.

Overview of Child Care

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Reports on the Well-Being of Children

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Resources to Help Children Thrive

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Child Care Numbers in Kansas

Quality care helps children thrive. See the latest numbers related to child care in Kansas.

Facilities

Child care programs must meet the highest standards in health and safety to become licensed care providers in Kansas. The rigorous requirements for program providers include certification in pediatric first aid and CPR, training in child development and safe sleep, a completed KBI background check and a completed DCF child abuse/neglect registry check.

Children in Subsidized Care

Every day, children in Kansas get the best start possible in life by spending time in licensed care centers, where they gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence they need to succeed in school and in life.

Subsidized Children in:

Kansas Licensed Home-based child care programs: 4,220

Kansas Licensed Center-based child care programs: 6,621

DCF Enrolled Relative child care providers: 840

DCF Enrolled Exempt child care programs:  0

Data from August 2021

Children’s Safety Is the Top Priority

The most important priority of licensed child care providers in Kansas is to ensure the little ones entrusted to them are safe. Many providers care for medically fragile children who need support with acute and chronic illness, trauma, or disability.

Kansas home-based child care programs in fiscal year 2020 reported 1 child death, including one within DCF-enrolled programs, 20 child serious injuries, including 8 child serious injuries within DCF-enrolled programs, and 8 substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect within all licensed family care home programs, including 7 within DCF-enrolled programs.

Kansas center-based child care programs in fiscal year 2020 reported 0 child deaths, 20 child serious injuries, including 17 child serious injuries within DCF-enrolled programs, and 23 substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect within all licensed child care programs, including 1 within DCF-enrolled programs.

Kansas Licensed Exempt DCF Enrolled program in fiscal year 2020 reported 0 child deaths, and 0 serious injuries.

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