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KDHE COVID-19 Resource Center

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has created an online resource center updated daily with Kansas-specific guidance to help communities work together on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) planning. Included are resources designed specifically to support families and licensed child care facilities in their planning efforts.

For general questions related to COVID-19, review this FAQs document created by the Department for Children and Families (DCF) or call the KDHE’s hotline at 866-534-3463.

For the latest information and resources, please visit and subscribe to Kansas’ COVID-19 Updates page and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.



Be Counted!

The 2020 U.S. Census is fast approaching!


You can help make sure the children and families in your community are ready to be counted on April 1st.


    • To learn how to support families with young children, click here.
    • To learn how the census helps shape the future of your community, click here.
    • To learn how to take the 2020 Census, watch the video below.
    • To review some frequently asked questions regarding the census, click here.
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Foster Care Child Care

If you are a foster caregiver for children in the custody of the Secretary for the Department for Children and Families, these resources will help you navigate the Foster Care Child Care (FC-CC) program. The FC-CC program is a joint effort between Prevention and Protection Services (PPS) and Economic and Employment Services (EES). Child care benefits are issued to you on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, which you will use like a debit card to pay your child care provider.

Our Tomorrows

Every day, we hear stories of resilient families that have bounced back from great challenges.
Stories of hope…and stories of struggle. Through these stories we are gathering nuggets of wisdom about the ways in which things could, and should, be going better… to make OUR TOMORROWS brighter.

About the Our Tomorrows Project
Parents, children, aunts, uncles, partners – all of us have families, and all of us have something important to share about our lives and interactions. We know there’s much to be learned from all kinds of stories, with all kinds of outcomes. We’re hopeful that the stories we collect will be used to shape policy and programming decisions in your community and across the country. Through OUR TOMORROWS, you get the opportunity to share and reflect, and we get to hear your unique perspective. Using a story-based research tool called SenseMaker, we will examine the patterns and stories in-depth, allowing us to gain new understanding about what families need to thrive. Your contribution to the story collection will make a difference.


November 2018 DCF Child Care Rate Adjustment

Effective November 1, 2018, the Department for Children and Families (DCF) is adjusting child care maximum provider rates for child care recipients.  The changes will begin to affect child care benefits for some families as early as their November allotment, other families will see their benefit rate change take effect at their next case change or review.  DCF anticipates investing an estimated $5.7 million dollars annually to make this change, an increase of 16% in annual child care expenditures, bringing subsidy rates to the 65th percentile based upon the statewide average indicated from data within the most recent market analysis completed in Kansas.  This rate adjustment will increase the maximum allowable rates for most of the provider rate categories in the state.   With this adjustment, most families will see a decrease in the difference between their child care benefits and the rate their child care provider charges, thereby reducing their out of pocket expense for child care.

It is expected that this adjustment will help increase access to high quality care for low income children in Kansas.

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Links to Quality

Learn about our pilot program for quality child care