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Childcare Providers

Lincoln County has a need for at least two to three full-time childcare providers for all ages including infants. Our current providers are well respected in the community; however, they are typically full and cannot accept any more children under their childcare license. This provides a unique opportunity for an individual to start a business and be successful!

Learn about the new Childcare Startup Grant to help you get started! 

Benefits of owning and operating an in-home licensed daycare include: be your own boss, earn an income, gain tax write-offs for common household purchases (because they are critical for business operations), provide a positive and stable environment for children to grow and learn, provide a needed service to parents, and be an important part of a child’s life.

For individuals looking to start a business, there are many resources available to help you get started:

  1. Kansas Child Care Aware– Helps providers get started by offering training and certifications, assisting with planning and overcoming hurdles, and providing step-by-step assistance. Once a provider is operating, they help refer parents to providers.
    1. Number of Childcare Facilities by County
    2. Child Care Supply Demand Report – includes Lincoln County shortage data
    3. Tools that Support Providers
  2. Kansas Department of Health & Environment– Licenses childcare providers and inspects facilities to ensure a safe environment for children. The Primary Child Care Facility Surveyor for Lincoln County is Liberty Kester with the Cloud County Health Department. Call Liberty at 785-207-2041 or e-mail
    1. Steps to Obtain a Childcare License
  3. Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation (LCEDF) – Works with existing daycare providers to understand issues and build a supportive environment for each other. The LCEDF assists locals and helps direct entrepreneurs and small business owners to develop business plans and connect with financial resources. The LCEDF has completed a countywide survey to better understand the current and future childcare needs of parents and residents. There were 73 responses. To see results of the survey, please contact the LCEDF.
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