The CLARIS website, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's online child care licensing portal, is temporarily unavailable for new license applications and license renewals. This message will be removed when the system becomes available.
While the system is down, KDHE requests that you print a paper application from the KDHE website and mail it in.
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, click Child Care Licensing Classes and sign up for Information Meeting to Apply for a Day Care Home. If you want to start a child care center, call Eldonna Chesnut at 913-477-8366 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 County. 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.
As of July 1, 2017, these 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
If you have further questions regarding whether a particular course will count for these requirements, please email Nancy Johnson for child care homes or Matthew Bysfield 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 Deborah Uribe.
Child Care Provider Fingerprint and Background Check Requirement
Kansas law requires a comprehensive background check, including fingerprints, for each individual residing, working or regularly volunteering in a licensed child care home or working with children in a daycare center or school-age program. Visit the Child Care Licensing and Renewals page for more information about this process.
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 at (913) 477-8339. All regulatory questions will be answered and investigated if indicated.