History of the Portal
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 help Kansas families make more informed decisions when selecting child care. Lexie's Law directed the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to develop an online information dissemination system (K.S.A. 65-534). This public access system contains the names of licensees and applicants as well as recent compliance history. Information is made available through an interface with the KDHE CLARIS system. This will significantly increase the ability for Kansas families to research child care facility compliance and make more informed child care decisions. The system by default does not publicly display the address or phone number of child care facilities. However, licensees and applicants may request pursuant to K.A.R. 28-4-93 that the information be displayed.
The Portal also features an online child care licensing application. Potential applicants can submit a new licensing application online and licensed providers can renew online. The online application reduces the length of time necessary to process an application and issue a license in comparison to the paper-intensive process. The application features the option for child care providers to also enroll with the Department of Children and Families to serve families receiving child care subsidy. The previous process requires an applicant to submit separate paper applications to both agencies.
A future enhancement planned for the Portal is a central tracking of provider and child care staff qualifications, education, and training.