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Child care business info fair set for Aug. 19; growing need for providers

JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. — Johnson County Government will host an information fair for residents interested in starting a licensed, in-home child care business. The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Olathe Community Center, 1205 E. Kansas City Road.

Attendees will learn from — and be able to ask questions to — local leaders in child care and early childhood development, network with organizations that support child care businesses and learn the steps necessary to establish an in-home day care.

“We have about 30,000 child care spots in Johnson County,” said Eldonna Chesnut, Department of Health and Environment Child Care Licensing division director. “They’re not all full, but we know there’s a huge need for quality infant care. It’s very hard to get infant spots — people get on waiting lists when they get pregnant for some facilities.”

Johnson County Government will pay the licensing fee and some required classes for anyone who attends the fair and follows through with starting a day care business — up to a $287 value.

During the fair, attendees can take Parents as Teachers free family child care business classes for free. The classes are presented in Spanish and valued at $700.

The partner agencies hosting the information fair include Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, The Family Conservancy, Johnson County Early Learning Collaborative, Kansas Department for Children and Families, Olathe Fire Department and Olathe Schools Parents as Teachers.

Call 913-715-2113 or visit jocogov.org to learn more about the event.

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