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Child Care Licensing

The original licensing law, passed in 1919, placed the licensing authority with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The department administers the licensing law as a preventive program to assure that out-of-home care for children will not be exploited, unsafe or unhealthy.  The main purpose of the law is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of children receiving care away from their parents and their home.  The law is also a consumer protection law assuring parents that the care their children receive meets minimum standards. Our Spanish language interpreter is available for all services.




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Kansas Department of Health and Environment administers the licensing law as a preventive program to assure that out-of-home care for children will not be explored, unsafe, or unhealthy. 

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The original licensing law, passed in 1919, placed the licensing authority with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The department administers the licensing law as a preventive program to assure that out-of-home care for children will not be exploited, unsafe or unhealthy.  The main purpose of the law is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of children receiving care away from their parents and their home.  The law is also a consumer protection law assuring parents that the care their children receive meets minimum standards. Our Spanish language interpreter is available for all services.




Additional Resources

Child Care Aware 
KDHE Child Care Licensing   
Department of Children & Families 
Kansas Child Care Training Opportunities 
School Age Program Regulations
Child Care Center and Preschool Regulations
Child Care Home Regulations
Kansas TRAIN Follow us on Facebook

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I open a home child care?

The first step is to attend a Child Care Orientation class at the Saline County Health Department. Those classes are usually held twice a month. Please contact us at (785) 826-6600 ext. 7296 to enroll. 

How do I report a concern about a child care facility?

  • If you believe someone to be in immediate danger, please call 911.  
  • To report a concern about a licensed or unlicensed child care facility please call us at (785) 826-6600 ext. 7318 or 7296. You can also file a concern online at https://www.kdhe.ks.gov/280/Child-Care-Licensing
  • To report suspected child abuse or neglect please call (800) 922-5330. 

Are there grants or financial assistance to help me open a child care facility?

Saline County Health Department does not provide funding directly; however, grant funding opportunities can be found at KS.ChildCareAware.org

Meet The Staff

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Leigh Ann Montoy 

Child Care Licensing Coordinator 

(785) 826-6600

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Jessica Pickering 

Child Care Licensing Surveyor 

(785) 826-6600