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
  • Basic child development 
  • Recognizing, reporting, and preventing child abuse or neglect
  • Prevention of and response to emergencies due to food and allergic reactions
  • Handling of hazardous materials
  • Administration of medication to children
  • Building and physical premises safety
  • Reducing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and using safe sleep practices
  • Prevention and control of infectious diseases
  • Transportation of children
  • Emergency preparedness and response planning 
  • Pediatric first aid and pediatric cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification (an in-person skill test is required, and a copy of the current certification card must be on file)

Note: With the exception of pediatric first aid and CPR, these training requirements can be met by completing the KCCTO’s Foundations for Safe and Healthy Early Care Facilities Module.

To register for the next offering, click here.

Find additional 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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