For Immediate Release
June 30, 2010

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

Child Care Licensing Laws Change July 1

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) announces that on July 1, 2010, child care laws in the State of Kansas will undergo changes.

"KDHE and local health departments are working with child care providers across the state to bring ‘Lexie’s Law’ to fruition,” said Roderick Bremby, KDHE Secretary. "The Law increases protections for children and supports families in making informed child care choices.”

Lexie’s Law, or Senate Substitute for House Bill 2356, eliminates the category of registered family day care home, a child care option which has been around for 30 years.
The key points of Lexie’s Law:

“This year will be a transition year and priority will be given to inspecting existing registered family day care homes,” said Rachel Berroth, interim section director for the Early Care and Youth Programs Section. “The registered family day care home category will be phased out by June 30, 2011.”

Beginning July 1, the registered family day care home category will no longer be an option for new applicants. Individuals may submit an application for either a licensed day care home or licensed group day care home. Information and application packets are available online at www.kdheks.gov/kidsnet or from the local child care surveyor. Individuals can contact their local health department for surveyor information.

Existing registrants may apply for a license at any time or wait and transition at the time of their renewal. Registrants must continue to comply with all requirements for registered day care homes until a temporary permit or license is issued. Registrants may contact their child care surveyor for more information about the licensing process.

Information about Lexie’s Law including a copy of the law and frequently asked questions is available online at www.kdheks.gov/kidsnet. Questions may be directed to LexiesLawQuestions@kdheks.gov.