The Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation is partnering with Dodge City Community College, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Dodge City Area Chamber of Commerce, Child Care Aware, and Bright Beginnings to host a free “Steps to Become a Child Care Provider” class on March 27.
The class will take place at the University/Training Center in Hennessey Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The purpose of the class is to provide basic information to anyone who may be interested in opening up a licensed daycare.
Speakers will address the state requirements, early childhood education degrees programs and the many resources available for childcare providers.
According to the Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation, Dodge City has a shortage of licensed childcare providers and the lack of available childcare creates a variety of struggles for many families.
Not having access to reliable childcare means working fewer hours, taking a pay cut, or leaving the workforce altogether, meanwhile businesses are losing productivity and revenue.
“This is the second time we have hosted this event, we plan to hold it semi-annually,” said the Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation in a press release.