For Immediate Release
January 19, 2012

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

KDHE Announces Completion of Post-hearing Changes for Lexie's Law

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Child Care Licensing (CCL) program announces the completion of post-hearing changes to the proposed new and amended regulations for licensed day care homes, group day care homes, child care centers and preschools. The regulations have been published in the Kansas Register and will become effective Feb. 3.

In 2010, the Kansas Legislature passed significant changes to the Child Care Act. Known collectively as Lexie’s Law, the changes increased protections for children in child care settings and directed the department to develop additional health and safety regulations.

“The department is confident the new and amended regulations balance health and safety for children with support and education for providers. We intend to work closely with local child care surveyors, providers, and early childhood partners throughout implementation to the benefit of young children and their families,” said Rachel Berroth, Director of Child Care Licensing Early Care and Youth Programs.

The CCL program is phasing in implementation of the new requirements. The proposed schedule will allow time for KDHE staff, licensing surveyors and child care providers to learn and implement the regulations. The CCL program, working in partnership with local county health department licensing surveyors, will provide training, consultation and technical assistance to assist child care providers with implementing the new requirements. Updated information, including a copy of the Kansas Register and the Implementation Plan is available on the CCL website http://www.kdheks.gov/kidsnet.

If you have questions about Lexie’s Law,  please send them to: LexiesLawQuestions@kdheks.gov.