Topeka, Kan. — Today, Governor Laura Kelly is recognizing and honoring child care providers statewide for their service and dedication to our Kansas youth by proclaiming May 6, 2022 as Child Care Provider Appreciation Day in Kansas.
“Kansas parents and guardians in the workforce rely on access to safe, quality child care — it’s critical to the Kansas economy,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “Without child care providers, we would not have the ability to grow our workforce and keep up with our record amount of economic success. I extend my sincerest gratitude to our Kansas child care providers and will continue to support them by giving them the resources they need to thrive and keep their doors open.”
More than half of children under the age of six nationwide are estimated to spend time in an out of home care arrangement on a weekly basis, which provides critical enrichment opportunities, nurtures development for children of all backgrounds, and is a vital building block of our state’s economy.
Since taking office, investing in safe, quality child care has been one of Governor Kelly’s top priorities. This includes providing $160 million in grants for child care providers in Kansas and directing federal dollars to help relieve child care providers of financial burdens when applying for licensure, background checks.
There are also several start-up support grants available for new child care providers across the state.
Read the full proclamation here.