Dodge City KS – Dodge City has a shortage of licensed child care providers. The lack of
available child care creates a variety of struggles for many families. Not having access to
reliable child care means working fewer hours, taking a pay cut, or leaving the workforce
altogether, meanwhile businesses are losing productivity and revenue. Ford County has 40
infants/toddlers waiting for every one slot that is available.
The Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation is partnering with the 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 class on how to become
a licensed child care provider. The purpose of this class is to provide basic information to
anyone who may be interested in opening up a licensed daycare.
Steps to Become a Child Care Provider will be held on Thursday, November 12th from 6:00-
8:00pm at the University/Training Center in Hennessey Hall. Speakers will address the state
requirements, early childhood education degrees programs and the many resources available
for child care providers. Register online at www.raisingthewest.org/training-events.
For more information contact Kyla Keller with the Dodge City/Ford County Development
Corporation, at 620-227-9501 or [email protected]