State of Kansas Licensing Regulations

State of Kansas Licensing Regulations for Child Care Centers & Homes - For Complete Licensing Regulations go to: Kansas’ Rules for Child Care Facilities


Child Care Centers

KS Child Care RegulationsLicensing requires a minimum of one annual visit by Health Department Staff for observation of the child care center's compliance with safety, health, nutrition, space, equipment, teacher/child ratios, in-service training, personnel management, program plan, program operation and parent involvement. The Health Department Staff also investigates complaints regarding child care centers.

Child care center licensing requirements are listed as maximum teacher-child ratios in a classroom for each age group:

Number Ages Requirement
 9 infants birth-12 months & walking 1 teacher for each 3 children
10 toddlers 12 months/ walking-2 1/2 yrs 1 teacher for each 5 children
14 toddlers 2-3 years 1 teacher for each 7 children
20 preschoolers 2 1/2-3 years 1 teacher for each 10 children
24 preschoolers 3 years-kindergarten 1 teacher for each 12 children

35 square feet per child is considered MINIMUM space allowed in determining the number of children a room is able to serve.

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Licensed Family Day Care Homes

Licensing requires a minimum of one annual visit by Health Department Staff for observation of the child care provider’s compliance with safety and health regulations. The Health Department also investigates complaints regarding licensed day care homes.

Family Day Care Homes are licensed for a maximum of:
Number Ages Restriction 1 Restriction 2
10 0-11 yrs no more than 6 under kindergarten age 1 may be under 18 months
 9

0-11 yrs

no more than 6 under kindergarten age 2 may be under 18 months
 8 0-11 yrs no more than 6 under kindergarten age 3 may be under 18 months
The maximum numbers include the provider’s own children under 11 years.

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Group Care Homes

Licensing requires a minimum of one annual visit by Health Department Staff for observation of the child care provider’s compliance with safety and health regulations. The Health Department also investigates complaints regarding licensed day care homes.

Group day care homes with one adult are licensed for a maximum of:

Number Ages
12 kindergarten to 11
10 3 to 11
9 2-1/2 to 14

Group day care homes with two adults are licensed for a maximum of:

Number Ages Restriction 1 Restriction 2
12 0-11 yrs no more than 9 under kindergarten age 3 may be under 18 months
10

0-11 yrs

no more than 8 under kindergarten age 4 may be under 18 months
12 18 mo-11 yrs no more than 5 18 months - 2 1/2 years  
The maximum numbers include the provider’s own children under 11 years.

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