Lincoln County has a need for at least two to three full-time childcare providers in the Lincoln or Sylvan Grove areas 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.
Benefits of owning and operating an in-home licensed daycare include: median income of $42,521 (according to a 2016 study by Kansas Child Care Aware), tax write-offs for common household purchases (because they are critical for business operations), providing a positive and stable environment for children to grow and learn, providing a needed service to parents, and being an important part of a child’s life.
The Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation is hosting a Daycare Information Meeting on Thursday, January 24th, at 6:30pm in the County Courthouse basement meeting room. The meeting is primarily for anyone who has considered (or might consider) opening a daycare as a business and for current daycare providers. A representative from the KS Dept of Health & Environment (KDHE) will be there to discuss licensing requirements and facility regulations. The goal for the meeting is to create an opportunity for everyone to learn from each other. Those who are new to the idea of operating a daycare can talk to the KDHE representative about getting started and also learn from existing providers on tips they’ve learned over time to be successful. Current providers can learn about recent changes in KDHE regulations.
For individuals looking to start a business, there are many resources available to help you get started:
- 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 that have openings.
- 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 Mishele Longfellow with the Cloud County Health Department. Call Mishele at 785-243-8140 or e-mail email@example.com.
- Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation (LCEDF) – Works with locals and helps direct entrepreneurs and small business owners to develop business plans and connect with financial resources. The LCEDF has recently (November, 2016) 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.