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Child Care Facilities in Kansas
The categories of child care facilities in Kansas include: 
  • Licensed Day Care Homes may care for a maximum of 10 children under 16 years of age, including the provider’s own children under eleven years of age, at any one time.
  • Group Day Care Homes may provide care to a maximum of 12 children under 16 years of age, with a limited number of children under kindergarten age if a second adult is present, including the provider’s own children under 11 years of age when present.
  • Child Care Centers may provide care and educational activities for 13 or more children who are two weeks to 16 years old, for more than three hours and less than 24 hours per day, including daytime, evening, and nighttime care or that provides before and after school care for school-age children. A facility may have fewer than 13 children and be licensed as a center if the program and building meet child care center regulations and local codes.
  • Preschools include educational preschools, Montessori schools, nursery schools, church-sponsored preschools, and cooperatives. A preschool may have fewer than 13 children and be licensed as a preschool if the program and facility meet preschool regulations and local codes. Preschools are facilities that:
    • Provide learning experiences for children who have not attained the age of eligibility to enter kindergarten as prescribed in KSA 72-1107 and any amendments thereto, and who are 30 months of age or older
    • That conducts sessions not exceeding three hours per session
    • That does not enroll any child more than one session per day
    • That does not serve a meal
  • School Age Programs serve as a child care facility exclusively for school-aged children and youth.

The Jefferson County Health Department follows the procedural process set forth by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for all child care facilities in Jefferson County.

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