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Service Delivery Updates During COVID-19

Child Care Aware® of Eastern Kansas continues to actively monitor the COVID-19 situation through communication with local health care professionals and other partners at the regional, state and national levels. This is a very difficult time for everyone, and we want to do everything possible to support the working families in our area, and you, our child care partners. We have taken steps to ensure the health of our staff as we try to reduce the risk of spreading this virus to others.
We hope our new Preparedness and Planning Guide for Child Care Programs will be helpful as you make decisions about your program's operations during this challenging time. You can download or view a PDF version of the document for your county by clicking here.

Please note the following changes to our service delivery:
  • On-site coaching visits to child care programs are suspended until further notice. Please check back for more information as we continue to monitor the situation. Coaching and technical assistance will continue to be available by phone or the utilization of technology.
  • Lending Library Hours:
    • Topeka’s Lending Library Hours (1100 SW Wanamaker Rd., 2nd Flr., Topeka, Kansas)
      • Walk-in traffic is currently suspended until the end of January. You can, however, return and check-out new materials by calling us to make an appointment for pick up, or (if appropriate) we can do a porch drop. Call us at 785-357-5171 to schedule your appointment, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM. 
      • Any provider with library materials currently checked out will automatically have their checkout extended until that time, and can keep the materials until then if they wish. Materials can also be returned to our Topeka office, should you desire.
      • Continue to watch our website for updates or changes regarding our Lending Library.
  • Late-night library hours are canceled at this time. We will re-evaluate at a later date.
  • At this time, we plan to continue holding professional development events online or via Zoom. To support the professional development needs of providers in our region, you can visit our professional development calendar by clicking HERE.
We encourage you to keep us updated with vacancy or closure information so that we can better assist families seeking child care during this time. Call 877-678-2548 to make changes to your enrollment status, or if we can assist you in any other way.

Child Care Aware® of Eastern Kansas provides a vital link between licensed child care programs and families needing child care. We supply parents with information about choosing high-quality child care programs and referrals to child care providers who match the criteria they supply. Child care providers who list their child care programs with our agency are contacted on a regular basis to update vacancy information, assuring that referral lists are accurate for families.

Child Care Aware® of Eastern Kansas has…

Classes & Coursework to meet licensing requirements and beyond. We offer classes online and in-person for your convenience. You can also find information about first aid and CPR trainings, credentials, higher education opportunities, and more.

Business Resources to help you connect with families needing child care, provide information surrounding starting a child care business, tips on marketing your child care business, and other information specific to the child care and early education industry.

Curriculum Resources to help with planning activities. Services include the opportunity to participate in a variety of quality improvement programs, access to our lending libraries, consultation/coaching, helpful blog posts, and child development and school readiness information.

Employment Resources for those seeking work in the early education field and for licensed child care programs needing to post employment opportunities.

Do you currently receive the Child Care Aware® News, a newsletter specifically for child care providers in Kansas? This publication contains current state-wide and agency news for child care providers, helpful articles, a calendar of classes throughout the state, and much more. Be sure to click here and select “Child Care Topics” to sign up for the newsletter or read it now by clicking here.

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