New Provider Support

Our state needs more child care providers. If you’re interested in helping build a strong foundation for the next generation of Kansans, early childhood education might be the field for you.

As you start the process, Child Care Aware of Kansas can equip you with tools, training, one-on-one advice, and a network of other providers that you need to run a thriving child care business. 

10 Reasons to Become an Early Childhood Professional

A career in early childhood education can be extremely rewarding. If you’re thinking about starting a child care business or earning your required credentials, we can help you decide whether it’s the field for you.

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Kansas Careers in Early Childhood Education

This unique resource highlights a variety of careers in the early childhood field to assist individuals in planning their career path or finding detailed information about furthering their education.

Let's Get Started

It’s as easy as 1-2-3! Follow these easy steps to get started on your new career in early childhood.

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More Resources for New Providers

Background Check

All licensed child care providers are required to have a criminal background check completed. Visit the Kansas Department of Health and Environment website for information on background checks and to find out when and where to complete fingerprinting. 


Learn about child care licensing and find your local licensing surveyor to talk about orientation through the Kansas Department of Health Environment. 

Business Administration

Find helpful information on budgeting, contracts, and much more!

Emergency Preparedness

All licensed child care providers are required to have an emergency plan in place. Check out our Emergency Preparedness Toolkit.