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 makes it very difficult for new parents, new residents, and/or those switching employment to find a childcare provider.
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.
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. Call Deb Homman at 785-823-3343 (toll free at 855-750-3343) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.