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Home Based Child Care
When operating a child care facility, providers should have a current temporary permit (TP) or license posted from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. In addition, a current operating certificate should be obtained from the Shawnee County Health Agency. Both of these documents are required to legally operate a child care facility in Shawnee County.

Home based child care facilities should follow all regulation and statues found in the regulation guidelines. Inspections for home based child care happen at least annually. You can find required Kansas Department of Health and Environment forms online.


Licensed and Group Child Care Facilities
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment provide the most current regulation guidelines and other helpful information. This licensed category of care allows up to 10 children, unless an exception is granted by KDHE. However, the more children being cared for under the age of 18 months, the limit of children allowed drops. A group child care facility can have up to 12 children, unless an exception is granted by KDHE. The different categories and options can be found in the regulation guidelines.

Any questions regarding capacity should be directed to the Shawnee County Health Agency's Child Care Licensing program. It is each child care facility's responsibility to be in compliance with capacity at all times.

Child Care Centers and Preschools
When operating a child care center or preschool, facilities should have a qualified program director for the size of the facility and qualified staff per each unit size and ages of children. Facilities should obtain a current license from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment as well as the current Shawnee County Operating Certificate. 

Center and preschool facilities should follow all regulation and statues found in the regulation guidelines. You can find required Kansas Department of Health and Environment forms online. Inspections for center and preschool facilities happen at least annually.

Program Directors do not have to be on site during all operating hours, but should work at least 35 hours per week in the facility. However, when a Program Director is not on-site, there should be a person next in line that is responsible for the operations of the program.

School Age and Drop-In Programs
When operating a school age facility, including summer camps, you should have a qualified Program Director for the size of the facility and qualified staff. Facilities should obtain a current license from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment as well as the current Shawnee County Operating Certificate. 

School age facilities should follow all regulation and statues found in the regulation guidelines. Inspections for school age facilities happen at least annually. You can find the required Kansas Department of Health and Environment forms online.

School age facilities vary in the number of children they can provide for, based on the facility's size.

When operating a drop-in facility you should obtain a current license from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment as well as the current Shawnee County Operating Certificate. 

Drop-in facilities should follow all regulation and statues found in the regulation guidelines. Inspections for school age facilities happen at least annually.