Reauthorization of the Child Care and

Development Block Grant: Health and

Safety Standards


The Federal Child Care and Development Block Grant  (CCDBG) Act of 2014 was signed into law on 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  (DCF) is the lead agency for the administration of the CCDF program. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), as 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.

While Kansas meets many of the new health and safety provisions found in CCDF, changes to the current child care regulations are necessary to fully comply. At this time, amendments are being proposed to two regulations pertaining to day care homes and group day care homes [K.A.R. 28-4-114a and K.A.R. 28-4-118] and to two regulations pertaining to preschools and child care centers [K.A.R. 28-4-428 and K.A.R. 28-4-428a].

While Kansas meets many of the new health and safety provisions found in CCDF, changes to the current child care regulations are necessary to fully comply. Proposed amendments to regulations pertaining to day care homes and group day care homes (K.A.R.28-4-114a and K.A.R. 28-4-118) and to regulations pertaining to preschools and child care centers (K.A.R. 28-4-428 and K.A.R. 28-4-42a) were available for public comment from September 29, 2016 – December 20, 2016. In addition, a public hearing on the proposed amended regulations was held in Topeka on December 20th. The Child Care Licensing Program is now reviewing all comments received and anticipates making some post-hearing changes to the regulations. Please continue to check the Child Care Licensing Program website for information concerning the status of these proposed amendments.

Resources

Frequently Asked Questions [pdf]

Office of Child Care | Administration for Children and Families-CCDF Program