Filter By
For Providers

A Fresh Perspective on Child Care Business Policies

January 26, 2024 | By Heidi Collins

Refreshing policies for the new year can give a program an array of benefits. Creating policies for child care is essential to creating high-quality and long-standing programs, but that is only the first step.

read more
For Communities

How Businesses Can Use the Child Care Tax Credit

January 17, 2024 | By Jennifer Traffis

An engaged community group created a tax credit toolkit for Kansas

read more
For Providers

Is Your Child Care Program Breastfeeding Friendly?

August 3, 2023 | By Jessica Gable
Child Care Program Breastfeeding

The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition maintains a list of child care providers across our state who have been designated as breastfeeding friendly.

read more
For Families

Why Parents Love Child Care Management Systems

June 20, 2023 | By Kali Steelsmith
child care management software

We are so grateful that our program uses a child care management system, and we recommend it to all early care and education professionals. It makes the transition between home and child care much

read more
For Providers

One Provider’s Experience with Child Care Management Software

June 19, 2023 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
young woman using child care management software on computer

Julie Schwarz, owner of Thunderhawk Daycare in Grinnell, Kansas, shares her opinion on the KidKare software and how her program has benefitted from

read more
For Providers

A Simple Formula for Child Care Business Success

May 31, 2023 | By Louise Stoney
A simple formula for child care business success

The Iron Triangle of Early Care and Education Finance is a simple formula to help busy child care providers stay on track.

read more
For Providers

Learning Communities for Child Care Providers

May 17, 2023 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Learning Communities for Child Care Providers

A learning community is a peer support network of early childhood professionals who meet on a regular basis to work toward shared goals.

read more
For Providers

Shared Business Services for Providers Save Time and Money

May 12, 2023 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Shared Business Services - Successful professional teacher of nursery school looking at camera. BIPOC Provider

Shared Service Networks offer child care providers the opportunity to strengthen their business practices while focusing on what is the most important — the children.

read more
For Providers

How Program Administration Makes Providers’ Jobs Easier

February 7, 2023 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Program Administration Child Care

Program Administration Support is designed to help improve the quality of your business practices.

read more
For Families

Tax Benefits for Families and Child Care Providers

January 18, 2023 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Tax Benefits Child Care. background, no people

Find a listing of key tax breaks and credits that families and/or child care providers may be able to take advantage

read more
For Providers

Empower and Support Families by Earning Their Trust

November 22, 2022 | By Carla Whiteside-Hicks
Support Families

There is a growing body of research indicating that — when families are actively engaged in their child’s learning — children experience positive, lifelong

read more
For Families

More People Now Qualify for Child Care Assistance

November 15, 2022 | By Nichelle Adams
Funding Impacts Child Care. Child Care Assistance

The Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) recently increased the initial eligibility income to 250% of the federal poverty level, which is much higher than many people realize.

read more
For Communities

Child Care Subsidies Matter

October 26, 2022 | By Reann Parker
Child Care Subsidies Matter

With the rising costs of food and other essentials, it’s more important than ever for providers to inform families about opportunities to reduce their child care tuition.

read more
For Providers

How Stretch Your Child Care Program Budget

September 2, 2022 | By Susan Pearson
How to Stretch the Budget for Your Child Care Business

If you wish to strengthen your cashflow in a more permanent ongoing way, consider using these

read more
For Providers

Become a CACFP Provider

September 2, 2022 | By Jill Ladd
Become a CACFP Provider

Did you know that children in child care receive an average 40% of their daily calories while in the child care

read more
For Providers

Strengthen Your Food Program

August 31, 2022 | By Erica Goldsby
Food Program

Mealtime creates plenty of wonderful opportunities to provide children with education and social-emotional development.

read more
For Providers

Improve Safety in Child Care

August 2, 2022 | By Kathy Attar

Unfortunately, our everyday environments, including child care settings, may expose us to dangerous pesticides and lead, among other environmental hazards, that can impede a child’s mental or physical

read more
For Providers

Back-to-School Blues

July 29, 2022 | By Ashley Sias
Back to School Blues

As we head into back-to-school season, it’s time to think about preparing your program for the departure of school-aged

read more
For Providers

Child Care and Vaccinations

July 18, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

In June 2022, the FDA granted emergency authorization to both Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations for children under 5 years of age. Both the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend all eligible infants and children without contraindications get vaccinated. The COVID-19

read more
For Communities

Behind the Scenes of the CCHC Network

June 23, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Child Care Nurse Consultant

Behind the Scenes of the CCHC Network with Two Kansas Providers Providers at a large child care center and a small group home, both with decades of experience,  explain what they gained from the Child Care Health Consultation service. Kim Vanderfohe, director of Butterfly Funhouse

read more
For Communities

Recruiting and Retaining Culturally Responsive Staff in Early Childhood Education Settings

June 15, 2022 | By Bridget Banks
Culturally Responsive Staff

To ensure that all children in ECE programs are receiving the best possible start in life, it’s imperative to recruit and retain staff who are culturally responsive and willing to engage diverse

read more
For Providers

Free Social-Emotional Developmental Screening Available

February 1, 2022 | By Jordan Christian
A cute boy playing with preschool math manipulative toys and with a facial expression that shows wonder or thinking.

By participating in a social-emotional screening, providers of all kinds can evaluate a child’s development, address any potential concerns, and connect families to services and supports in their

read more
For Communities

Welcoming the Community into Your Child Care Program

January 14, 2022 | By Jillian Hoefer
Welcoming the Community into Your Child Care Program

One of the most obvious ways to engage families is to involve them in day-to-day operations. You also want to make sure they have the opportunity to voice their concerns or

read more
For Families

Extending Child Care Experiences to the Home

December 22, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

Discussing child care experiences at home strengthens kids’ brain connections. Their social and emotional development is enhanced when parents and caregivers expand on kids’ experiences by asking questions, using a variety of words, and naming feelings and emotions. Parents

read more
For Providers

What’s Your Connection

December 22, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

By Rachelle Soden, Training Manager, Kansas Children’s Service League. Originally published in the Spring 2021 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. Connections matter in early childhood. Early care and education professionals — including child care providers, preschool teachers, and

read more
For Providers

How to Pay Yourself First – Money Management for Family Child Care Providers

December 2, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Child Care News

By Tom Copeland, Trainer, Author and Advocate for Family Child Care Originally published in the Spring 2021 issue of Kansas Child Magazine. Most family child care providers know they should be saving more money for their retirement. At the end of the month, though, there is usually

read more
For Providers

Taking Care of Business: Tips for Family Child Care

November 4, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

By Tom Copeland, Trainer, Author and Advocate for Family Child Care Originally published in the Spring 2021 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine Family child care providers start their businesses because they love children and want to care for them. But many providers quit because they can’t

read more
For Providers

Press Release: Program Administration Support

October 19, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Child Care Aware of Kansas Logo

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Child Care Aware of Kansas, in partnership with the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) and Links to Quality, launched Program Administration Support to provide one-on-one assistance to licensed child care providers as they strengthen their

read more
For Providers

Assessing Your Child Care Environment

October 4, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

By Susan Owens, Early Care and Education Specialist, The Family Conservancy Originally published in the Summer 2021 Issue of Kansas Child magazine Environment plays a crucial role in supporting child development. But how can you tell if the changes you make to the child care environment

read more
For Providers

Child Care Health Consultant Network

February 19, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

We partner with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to launch the next phase of consultations for licensed child care

read more