Beginning this month, child care providers in Kansas applying for or renewing a license are legally required to submit to a comprehensive background check, including fingerprints, for each individual residing, working or regularly volunteering in a licensed child care home, daycare center or school-age program. Previously, background screening was only done for the State of Kansas; now the screening is done nationally.
This is a federal requirement that is intended to reduce the risk of abuse or neglect of children in regulated out-of-home child care settings. It also gives parents peace of mind that the individuals caring for their children do not have prior records of behavior that could endanger children.
Department of Health and Environment Child Care Licensing staff is working closely with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and local law enforcement agencies to make the process of completing the background check paperwork and fingerprinting smooth and efficient for providers. Many agencies will fingerprint child care providers for free or a nominal charge and without an appointment.
Child care providers who complete the license application or renewal process and receive their email or letter identifying who needs the comprehensive background screening, can pick up background check packets at the Child Care Licensing office located at 11811 S. Sunset Dr., Suite 2700, Olathe, during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
Providers must bring their renewal email or letter to pick up the packet(s) for their child care business. This is required for both home providers and facilities.
Questions about how to complete the background check paperwork or the fingerprinting process can be directed to the Child Care Licensing Division at 913-477-8339 or visit the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s website.