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The information provided on this page is a basic outline of Kansas Child Care requirements that pertain to the design and construction of Child Care Facilities in the State of Kansas. This information is a brief synopsis and does not include all of the detailed requirements needed to satisfy the governing authorities for Child Care Licensing, Building Code, Fire Code, Accessibility, or local Zoning. These guidelines are for general information and planning purposes. Contact the governing authority directly or engage a Licensed Architect to complete a full analysis of your school location.

KANSAS Child Care Licensing Requirements

Child Care license obtained from:

Kansas Department of Health and Environment Bureau of Child Care and Health Facilities 

Curtis State Office Building, 1000 SW Jackson, Suite 200, Topeka, KS 66612-1274

http://www.kdheks.gov/bcclr/regs/ccc/Preschools_and_Child_Care_Centers_all_sections.pdf

(785) 296-1270

License renewal is required every year.

Indoor Space Requirements: 35 sf per child

  

 2 Wks. -2 Mos.

Infants to 6 Mos.

12 Mos.-2 Years

2-3 Years

2 1/2-5 Years 

3-5 Years

5 Years 

6+ Years 

Required

Teacher:Child Ratio

1:3

1:4 (2 Infants)

1:5

1:7

1:10

1:12

1:14

1:16

Required

Max. Group Size

9

8 (4 Infants)

10

14

20

24

28

32

Recommended 

Classroom Capacity

9

8 (4 Infants)

10

24

20

24

28

32

Recommended 

Staff per Classroom

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Recommended 

Min. Classroom Area

315 sf.

280 sf.

350 sf.

490 sf.

700 sf.

840 sf.

980 sf.

1120 sf.

Outdoor Space Requirements: 75 sf per child

  • The outdoor play area must be well drained and free from hazards.
  • The play area will have no greater than four feet tall fence surrounding the whole space, areas that will have both shade and sun, and staff supervision at all times.
  • A hard-surfaced area or gravel will not be under the plat equipment. It will have a soft surface like a rubber.
  • Sandboxes shall be maintained in a safe and sanitary condition.

Building Code Requirements

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CHILD

FIXTURES

ADULT

FIXTURES

DRINKING FOUNTAINS

MOP

SINK

BATH TUB/

SHOWER

1: 15

1:50

1:100

1

1

2006 International Building Code

Fire Code Requirements

18

Applicants for a license have to be 18 years old or older.

2

The building will have 2 exits approved by a fire inspector. One of the exists has to lead directly outside. 

14

Volunteers must be at least 14 years old. If they are 16 years old they can be counted in the child: staff ratio.

2006 International Fire Code

Did you know . . .

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To access Kansas Child Care requirements along with other states please see our interactive Child Care Requirements US map here.

Research completed by Calbert Design Group, LLC.  Updated 2019