New Amended Regulations for Licensed Day

Care Homes, Group Day Care Homes, Child

Care Centers and Preschools

Effective May 12, 2017

The Federal Child Care and Development Block Grant  (CCDBG) Act of 2014 was signed into law in November 2014. The law reauthorizes and significantly revises the purposes of the Child Care Development Fund program (CCDF). The Kansas Department for Children and Families is the lead agency for the administration of the CCDF program. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the state agency with the statutory authority to regulate the provision of child care, is responsible for implementing the key health and safety provisions of CCDF. These provisions include:

  • Health and safety requirements;
  • Inspection and monitoring strategies;
  • Licensing staff; and
  • Consumer education and transparency of the inspection process.

In response to the new federal health and safety requirements the Child Care Licensing Program (CCL) proposed amendments to regulations pertaining to day care home homes and group day care homes (K.A.R. 28-4-4-114a and 28-4-118) and to regulations pertaining to preschools and child care centers (K.A.R. 28-4-428 and 28-4-428a). The proposed amendments were available for public comment from September 29, 2016 -- December 20, 2016. In addition, a public hearing on the proposed amendments was held in Topeka on December 20, 2016. The CCL Program considered every comment received and made several post-hearing changes based on the feedback received. The final version of the amended regulations was published in the Kansas Register on April 27, 2017. The amended regulations are effective May 12, 2017.  

Kansas Register (pdf) |

Amended Regulations for Day Care Homes and Group Day Care Homes – May 12, 2017 (pdf)
K.A.R.28-4-114a — Initial and ongoing professional development training
K.A.R.28-4-118 — Medication administration and reporting suspected child abuse or neglect

Amended Regulations for Preschools and Child Care Centers – May 12, 2017 (pdf)
K.A.R.28-4-428 — Staff requirements
K.A.R.28-4-428a — Education and training requirements