Child Care Provider Funding

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Are you passionate about nurturing young minds and creating a positive impact in your community? The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment and Raising JoCo, a child care coalition, announce funding opportunities for individuals wanting to start a new home child care business, open a new child care center, or are an existing provider and want to increase their capacity in Johnson County, Kansas.

Thanks to a grant from Child Care Aware and funding allocation for the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners, to support child care expansion in Johnson County, funding is available for a limited time that covers the following for new and existing Johnson County child care providers. Funding is available on a first come first served basis until the allocated amount is spent. Applicants are encouraged to apply promptly to secure their spot and benefit from this limited opportunity.

To apply for funding or for any questions, please email Eldonna Chesnut at or Nancy Johnson at

New Child Care Home Provider Benefits

  • State and local initial licensure fees will be covered with grant funds.
  • Fingerprint fees will be covered with grant funds.
  • For the first 25 Johnson County new home provider applicants, fees for the informational meeting and CPR/First Aid training (up to $80 per provider) will be covered with grant funds.

New Child Care Center Benefits

  • The first 10 Johnson County new child care center applicants are eligible for financial assistance to cover CPR/First Aid costs and one additional class per person, with coverage for up to 15 staff members per center.
  • You can select classes from the offerings listed on the Child Care Licensing class website.

Existing Child Care Providers

  • Existing home providers that have opted not to run at full capacity but are now willing to increase the number of children cared for (up to licensing maximum capacity), qualify for grant paid classes. You can select classes from the offerings listed on the Child Care Licensing class website.

    • This also applies for Licensed Day Home switching to Group Day Care Home category.

  • For existing child care centers that submit an amendment to increase capacity and/or reopen a room previously closed, grant funding is available to cover the cost of training for staff to work in the new/reopened room(s). You can select classes from the offerings listed on the Child Care Licensing class website.