New Centers, Preschools and Programs

Orientation training


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

To take the training:


  • Call the Health Department at 785-843-3060.
  • A child care surveyor will do a walk through consultation of your potential center before the training.
  • Cost is $20 and payment is required in advance. 
  • Classes are held as needed.
Center training
  1. Training
  2. Resources
You must document training by having a certificate of attendance with training date.

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Licensing Fees for Child Care Centers, Preschools and School-age programs


Number of children Initial fee Annual fee
13-25 children $200 $120
26-50 children $230 $160
51-75 children $260 $190
76-100 children $305 $225
101-125 children $335 $260
126-150 children $365 $295
151-175 children $405 $330
176-200 children $440 $360
201-225 children $470 $400
226-250 children $505 $435
251-300 children $535 $470
301 + children Add $1 for each
additional license
capacity
 

Follow-up visit to Center/Preschool


• 13-100 children — $30
• 101+ children — $45

Amendment visit to Center/Preschool — $35
If measurements: $75 for first room and $35 for each additional room.

Licensing Fees for Drop-in Programs for School-age Children

Number of children Initial fee Annual fee
13-25 children $120 $75
26-50 children $140 $100
51-75 children $170 $120
76-100 children $190 $140
101-125 children $215 $170
126-150 children $235 $190
151-175 children $260 $215
176-200 children $285 $235
201-225 children $305 $260
226+ children add $1 for each
additional licensed
capacity
 
Follow-up visit to Drop-in Program
• 13-100 children — $20
• 101+ children — $35

Amendment visit to Drop-in Program — $35

Referral agencies


• Referral Agency (Initial/Annual) — $35
• Referral Agency (Follow-up visit) — $15

Staff/Child Ratio for Centers and Preschools


Age of children Minimum Staff/Child ratio Maximum Number 
of children per unit
Infants 1 to 3 9
Infants to 6 yrs 1 to 4 (max 2 infants) 8 (max. 4 infants)
Toddlers (12 months to 2/12 yrs
if walking alone)
1 to 5 10
2 years to 3 years 1 to 7 14
2 1/2 years to school age 1 to 10 20
3 years to school age 1 to 12 24
Kindergarten enrollees 1 to 14 28
School age 1 to 16 32

Staff/Child Ratio for School-age Programs

Age of Children Ratio Number of children per unit
School age 1 to 15 for qualified staff Determined by square footage 
(35 sq. ft. per child)
School age 1 to 30 for each group leader Determined by square footage
(35 sq. ft. per child)

Staff/Child Ratio for Drop-in Programs for School-age Programs

Age of Children Ratio Number of Children per unit
School age NA NA

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