Child Care Licensing
The Child Care Licensing Program works with all child care providers in Barton, Rice, and Rush Counties.
According to Kansas Child Care Licensing Law, anyone providing care for children other than those related by blood, marriage or adoption must be licensed with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).
Licensure of in-home childcare, child care centers, pre-schools, and after school programs:
- As of June 30, 2011, all in-home childcare providers must be licensed. The new law named Lexie's Law requires additional health safety and supervision for the protection of children.
- Applicants must be 18 years of age and a high school graduate or the equivalent in order to maintain a child care facility license. All child care facilities will be inspected at least once every 12 months.
- Initial and annual evaluation visits are made on-site to all licensed child care facilities with recommendations for licensure made to KDHE.
Investigation of child care provider and unlicensed provider complaints. All complaints will be investigated by state and local child care licensing staff. If a license is revoked under certain conditions, the licensee is permanently prohibited from applying for a new license or from working in another child care facility.
Monthly orientation classes are provided for prospective child care providers on the first Thursday of the month at 9:30am at Barton County Health Department. Call 620-793-1902 to register for the class.
Quarterly Newsletters are provided for child care providers and child care facilities on upcoming trainings, regulatory information, and helpful hints.
State fees and local fees are required for licensing services.
Child Care Licensing Brochure provides additional information.