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Kansas Child Care Resources

Child care providers are in a unique position to address the childhood obesity epidemic and tobacco-related health hazards. The Public Health Law Center, Kansas Action for Children, and ChildCare Aware of Kansas developed a series of resources to inform and support Kansas efforts to cultivate child care settings that promote healthy eating, positive exercise habits, reduced screen time, and support tobacco-free environments.

 

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Kansas Child Care: An Overview (2014)

This fact sheet outlines how child care is defined and regulated in Kansas.  It identifies child care program definitions, who is required to be licensed, how regulations impact child care settings, and how the regulatory process works. 

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Increasing Farm to Institution in Kansas (2016)

Kansas, like many states, can benefit from increasing the amount of local food that is served in public institutions, such as agencies and schools. This report introduces readers to three different forms of farm to institution: farm to agency, farm to school, and farm to preschool and child care. Each section provides a brief overview, a discussion of the roles of the different levels of government over that type of farm to institution, the current Kansas laws and policies on that type of farm to institution, and recommendations for how local food advocates in Kansas can increase farm to institution efforts.

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Kansas Child Care Program Data Map (2014)

This Kansas map provides a snapshot of the number of child care facilities operating in Kansas on March 13, 2014, based on information from the NACCRRAware database.  The resource was created by ChildCare Aware of Kansas, Kansas Action for Children and the Public Health Law Center as part of a series funded by the Kansas Health Foundation to increase the availablility of healthy foods in Kansas through child care providers.

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Nutrition, Active Play & Screen Time Child Care Laws in Kansas (2014)

Child care providers are in a unique position to address the childhood obesity epidemic and tobacco-related health hazards. The Public Health Law Center has developed a series of resources designed to inform and support Kansas efforts to cultivate child care settings that promote healthy eating, positive exercise habits, and reduced screen time environments. This fact sheet outlines existing child care laws in Kansas dealing with these subjects.

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Farm to Child Care Year-Round (2014)

The Public Health Law Center has developed a series of resources designed to inform and support efforts to cultivate child care settings that promote healthy eating, active play opportunities, reduced screen time, and tobacco-free environments.  This resource identifies Farm to Child Care activities that can be pursued year-round.

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Kansas Rules and Regulations Resources

State rules and regulations govern many aspects of our lives, including: food safety, nutrition, and active play requirements in the child care setting; accessibility of clean water; governance of land; and training standards for teachers and nurses. Understanding how rules and regulations operate is critical for Kansans who wish to improve access to healthy food and physical activity.