Child Care Licensing

Child Care Licensing

Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is the licensing agency for Child Care in the state of Kansas. According to K.S.A. 65-601, "It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, corporation or association to conduct or maintain a maternity center or child care facility for children under 16 years of age without having a license or temporary permit therefore from the secretary of health and environment."

Any person caring for two or more children or any number of children for more than a total of 20 hours a week must be licensed as a day care provider.


If you are interested in starting a daycare in Harper County, please contact:

Karen Knowles
City - Cowley County Health Department
320 E 9th Suite B
Winfield, KS 67156
Phone: 620-221-1430 Fax: 620-221-0389
E-mail surveyor
E-mail administrator
Cowley County Health Department Website

Child Care Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

**Please contact Karen if you have a concern about a daycare provider**

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Looking for a day care?

Call Child Start (Referral Agency) at 1-800-684-3962

To view compliance history for a current provider, visit the Child Care and Early Education Portal

Child Care Providers

Visit the Child Care Licensing website for regulations, forms, and information:

Upcoming Classes:


 To sign-up for a class, contact Child Start at 1-800-684-3962.

Visit Child Start to view upcoming training held in other counties. They also offer Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential Training and renewal training online.

Other Training Opportunities:

Online Safe Sleep/SIDS classes:

- ks.train.org: Course Number 1014900 "Safe Slumber Course for Child Care Providers"

- www.healthychildcare.org/sids.html

Healthy Futures: Improving Health Outcomes for Young Children: Medication Administration Training

- ks.train.org: Course Number 1025817 (Child Care Providers can receive 4 hours of renewal credit) -The Kansas Child Care Training Opportunities, Inc (KCCTO) has several KDHE approved ONLINE courses, including Child Abuse and Neglect, Signs and Symptoms of Childhood Illness, and Child Development. Access course descriptions and to enroll.

-The Kansas Children's Service League has several new online courses which are all approved for KDHE credit.