Learn how to

become a child care provider

Step 1

Make sure you are eligible.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a high school graduate or the equivalent
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Complete orientation prior to submitting an application. Contact the child care surveyor in the county where the facility will be located to complete orientation.
  • If you are interested in becoming a DCF-enrolled relative provider, proceed to step 4.
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Step 2

Apply for licensing. 

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, you can register for and meet these training requirements in the KCCTO’s Foundations for Safe and Healthy Early Care Facilities Module.

Find additional continued education and training resources.

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Step 4

Learn about optional assistance for your child care program.

I want to become a licensed DCF-enrolled Child Care Provider.

Once you have a permanent child care license through KDHE, you may consider becoming a DCF-enrolled child care provider to begin accepting child care subsidy, which will make your program more affordable for many families. You can apply to enroll with DCF by following this link and logging into the online CLARIS portal, or completing an enrollment form listed at the bottom of this page.

If you have any questions, please call 1-888-369-4777 to talk with the provider enrollment specialist in your area.

I want to provide child care for a relative inside the child’s home.

Talk to the family you are providing child care for and have them apply for child care assistance, listing you as their relative in-home provider. Once your local provider enrollment specialist has received the referral, they will mail you paperwork to complete.

If you have any questions, please call 1-888-369-4777 to talk with the provider enrollment specialist in your area.

I want to provide child care for a relative inside my own home.

Talk with the family you are providing child care for and have them apply for child care assistance, listing you as their relative provider. Once your local provider enrollment specialist has received the referral, they will mail you paperwork to complete.

If you have any questions, please call 1-888-369-4777 to talk with the provider enrollment specialist in your area.

I want to serve healthy food in my program.

When your facility participates in the Child and Adult Care Food Program, you can receive financial reimbursement for serving nutritious meals and snacks in your program. To learn more about CACFP in Kansas and how to become a certified program, follow this link.

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