Child Care

About Child Care


Kansas' law requires that a person must be regulated if they care for more than 2 unrelated children or provide more than 20 hours of care per week total. If a person is caring for related children only, or the care is in the child's own home then regulation is not required.

Licensure (depending on the number of children in care) is required regardless of the motivation for providing care, and whether or not there is advertisement of or payment for services. The essential fact is that a child or children receive care away from their own homes.

A license does not guarantee quality child care, but does let you know that the care giver is abiding by Kansas law to have a license when non-related children are cared for on a regular basis in a place other than the child's own home. The maximum number of children that may be cared for is stated on the license. The number depends on the ages of the children in care, number of care givers, available space and type of license held by the provider.

KDHE contracts with the Jefferson County Health Department to provide local regulatory services for:
  • Licensed Day Care Homes
  • Group Day Care Homes
  • Child Care Centers
  • Preschools
  • Head Start Centers
  • School Age Programs