Child Care Licensing

Looking for Child Care?

Contact Child Care Aware at the following numbers to access daycare information for all licensed day cares in Kansas. You can also visit the Child Care Aware website

  • Phone: 785-823-3343
  • Phone: 877-678-2548
  • Fx: ( 785-823-3385

Childcare Providers

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TOPEKA, Kan. - In 2010 the Kansas Legislature passed significant changes to the Child Care Act. Known collectively as Lexie's Law, the changes increased health and safety protections for children in child care settings and provided an additional resource to assist Kansas families with selecting child care. As a result, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) established an online information dissemination system which allows families to review compliance history of a current or potential child care provider. 


The information provided significantly increases the ability for Kansas families to research child care facility compliance and make more informed child care decisions. The online system can be accessed on the KDHE website.


How does Kansas Childcare Licensing Contribute?

  • Supports Kansas families in their child care choices
  • Reduces the predictable health and safety risks to children in out-of-home care
  • Increases the number of children who are fully immunized
  • Promotes health and safety standards that help prevent communicable disease and reduce injuries

Creating Child Care Partnerships

Child care partnerships are created by:

  • Parents who choose a licensed child care provider
  • Providers who work with parents to meet each child's needs and who provide a healthy, safe and nurturing environment
  • Surveyors who provide health, safety and child development information to providers and parents

Clay County Health Department Surveyor

  • Those wishing for more information regarding daycare licensing in Clay County are asked to call the Childcare Licensing Office of KDHE at:

Clay County Health Department

820 Spellman Cir

Clay Center, KS 67432

Phone: 785-632-3193


Licensing

The original licensing law which was passed in 1919 placed the licensing authority with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The department administers the licensing law as a preventive program to assure that out-of-home care for children and maternity patients will not be exploitative, unsafe or unhealthy. 


The main purpose of the law is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of children receiving care away from their parents and their home. The law is also a consumer protection law assuring parents that the care they are paying for meets minimum standards.