New Provider Support

You have a lot to offer kids and families. You bring unique experiences and skills that can prepare kids to engage in the world, while also running a business that supports your community and your family. We can help you get set up! 

When you contact us, we will walk you through the steps of starting a child care business that you own and manage. We can also assist with forms and licensing and address any challenges with the process. When you’re ready, we can work with you to promote your business to families in your area and continue to answer any questions you have.  

To get started, call us at 855-750-3343 or email us at Support is available in Spanish.

Learn How to Become a Child Care Provider

It’s as easy as 1-2-3! Follow these easy steps to get started on your new career in early childhood, or learn more from the Kansas Quality Network below.

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.

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.

Funding Opportunities for New Providers

How to Stretch the Budget for Your Child Care Business

New providers may be eligible for a start-up stipend or health and safety funds for specific needs related to child care licensing. Learn more about start-up support from our Child Care Health Consultants. 

More Resources for New Providers

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. 

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

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The Child Care Subsidy is issued to families using the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Kansas Benefits Card. It is like a debit card. Payment is put into a child care account on the Kansas Benefits Card on the first of every month. Families use this to pay child care providers, electronically, during the month. The Child Care Subsidy Program helps pay for child care costs.  Learn more below about enrolling for DCF.


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

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