Child Care Shortage
In response to the pandemic and a general child care shortage, the child care network has been working tirelessly to address gaps in care through technical assistance, funding, and advocacy for children, families, and providers. As a result of these efforts, for the first time in over 5 years, the number of programs has increased to 4,144 programs in 2023 from 4,064 programs in 2022.
Of the 671 programs that received a start-up stipend since January of 2022, 613 (91%) are still open (as of June 2023). These programs added 11,414 child care openings in Kansas.
Child Care Health Consultants completed 2,023 consultations with a total of 780 child care providers.
Learn more, and view sources for these statistics, in our 2023 Child Care Supply Demand Report.