New Home Providers

Orientation training


Douglas County residents who want to operate a child care home need to attend a Child Care Licensing orientation class. The class is a requirement before an application can be submitted.

During the class, participants will learn about the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s regulations, including paperwork requirements and the inspection process.

Kansas law requires that homes be licensed or have a temporary permit when a provider has one or two children for more than 20 hours a week, or if they have more than two children. Licensing is not required when a family member provides care for a relative.

Home child care provider orientation training

Classes are:


  • Second Tuesday of each month
  • 1:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Second floor of the Health Department, 200 Maine St., Lawrence
  • Cost is $20 and payment is required in advance. 
  • To register, click here.

Licensing Fees


County Fees


  • Licensed Day Care Home - $80 initial fee, $55 renewal fee
  • Group Day Care Home — $80 initial fee, $55 renewal fee
  • Follow-up visit — $15

    State Fees


    • Licensed Day Care Home - $85
    • Group Day Care Home — $87
    1. Becoming a New Provider
    2. Training
    3. Resources

    How do I become a licensed in-home child care provider?


    The first step is to attend an orientation training at the Health Department. The purpose of the training is to review and discuss regulations and procedures. Register for a training here.

    Does everyone who cares for children in their home need to be licensed?



    Licensure is required if you:

    • care for one unrelated child more than 20 hours per week
    • care for two unrelated children more than 20 combined hours per week
    • care for more than two unrelated children

    Are there any minimum requirements for being a licensed in-home child care provider?



    The minimum requirements are:

    • have a high school diploma or equivalent (GED)
    • outdoor play space at your home
    • two exits on the main level of your home

    What are the required trainings?


    Within 30 days of submitting your application for a license, complete the following requirements for initial professional development training:

    • at least two hours in Safe Sleep Practices and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
    • at least two hours in Basic Child Development
    • at least two hours in Recognizing the Signs of Child Abuse or Neglect (must include prevention of head trauma)
    • certifications in Pediatric First Aid and Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

    Home License Capacity - One Adult

    Under 18 months 18 months but under age 5 5 years but under age 11 Total
    0 7 3 10
    1 5 4 10
    2 4 3 9
    3 3 2 8

    Home Group Capacity - Two Adults

    Under 18 months 18 months but under age 5 5 years but under age 11 Capacity
    1 8 3 12
    2 7 3 12
    3 6 3 12
    4 4 2 10

    Paperwork that must be posted:


    • License or temporary permit
    • Fire Life Safety Agreement (must be updated each year)
    • Emergency phone numbers 
    • Disaster plan
    • Recorded fire drills (monthly) and tornado drills (April-September)
    • Diapering and toileting procedures (group only)
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