Child Care Licensing

Children reading at a childcare center

The Child Care Licensing division works with all child care facilities in Johnson, Miami and Franklin counties in Kansas. Kansas Child Care Licensing Law states that anyone providing care for children other than those related by blood, marriage or adoption, must be licensed.

Licensing specialists complete all child care inspections including initial, annual and complaint investigations. The Child Care Licensing Division also offers KDHE-approved trainings for child care providers, presents orientation meetings for new providers, offers consultation appointments, and completes annual inspections of all Johnson County schools.

Child Care COVID-19 Guidance

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment’s (JCDHE) childcare requirements reflect the current understanding of COVID-19 transmission in children. As new evidence emerges, guidance may change. As with your current disease policy, you can choose to make your policy more restrictive, however, you must implement the policy equally with all children.

For questions regarding COVID-19 in child care facilities please contact the Child Care Hotline at 913-477-8361.

Get Started in Child Care

The first step to starting a child care business is to attend an orientation meeting. If you want to start a home child care business, start by registering for an Information Meeting. If you want to start a child care center, call Jill Reed at 913-477-8347 to set up your individual orientation.

The Child Care Licensing Division is located in the Sunset Drive Office Building, 11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 2700, Olathe, Kansas 66061.

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment's Child Care Licensing division works with all child care facilities in Johnson, Miami and Franklin counties in Kansas. According to the Kansas Child Care Licensing Law, anyone providing care for children other than those related by blood, marriage or adoption, must be licensed with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Mandatory Classes

The following classes are required before becoming a child care provider:

  • Pediatric first aid and pediatric cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certifications
  • Medication administration
  • Safe sleep practices and sudden infant death syndrome
  • Recognizing the signs of child abuse and neglect, including the prevention of shaken baby syndrome and abusive head trauma, and the reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect
  • Basic child development, including supervision of children
  • Prevention and control of infectious diseases, including immunizations
  • Prevention of and response to emergencies due to food and allergic reactions
  • Building and premises safety, including identification of and protection from hazards that could cause bodily injury, including electrical hazards, bodies of water, and vehicular traffic
  • Emergency preparedness and response planning for emergencies resulting from a natural disaster or a human-caused event, including violence at a facility
  • Handling and storage of hazardous materials and the appropriate disposal of bio-contaminants, including blood and other bodily fluids or waste
  • Precautions when transporting children, if transportation is provided

Child Care Facility Compliance Search

To view regulatory compliance history of your child care provider, visit the KDHE Online Portal.

Child Care Facility Complaints

To report a complaint or concern about a child care facility in Johnson County, please call the Child Care Licensing Division Hotline at 913-477-8361. All regulatory questions will be answered and investigated if indicated.

Background Check Information

Background check procedures are available from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Early child care professionals in Franklin, Johnson and Miami counties can find a list of Kansas authorized fingerprinting locations here.

If you have further questions regarding whether a particular course will count for these requirements, please email Nancy Johnson for child care homes or Jill Reed for child care centers and school-age programs.

To enroll in one of our classes, please register at Child Care Licensing Classes.

If you have questions about child care classes, send an email to Nancy Johnson