$53 million in bonuses given to Kansas child care providers

53 Million In Bonuses Given To Kansas Child Care Providers
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TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas divides $53 million in bonuses for eligible child care staff at licensed facilities.

Governor Laura Kelly made the announcement today. Her administration is giving the money as a reward for their “incredibly essential, hard work.” The federal Child Care Development Funds is providing the money for these bonuses.

The state will divide the funds among about 22,650 early childhood care staff members across Kansas. Individual bonus amounts will range from $750 to $2,500 per person, according to the Kansas Office of Governor Kelly.

“Early childhood development is the smartest investment a community can make. Early childhood education programs benefit our kids in the long-term, both in and out of the classroom, and they make it possible for parents to enter and participate in the workforce,” Governor Laura Kelly said. ”That’s exactly why we’re making a total of $53 million available to nearly 23,000 child care providers throughout Kansas: We want to show our gratitude for all they do every single day.”

The Appreciation Bonus is a one-time payment. It will start in mid-to-late July. Continue reading for more information about eligibility and the program.

Eligibility

The Governor’s Office states, “Eligible child care providers must be regularly working in a paid position at a licensed facility and have a minimum of six months continuous employment at their current employer or six months of combined continuous employment with a licensed provider. Home-based and relative providers may also qualify for the bonus program.”

Those who have worked less than six months at a licensed facility could also have an opportunity to receive a bonus.

Licensed Facilities:

  • Child Care Centers
    • all Head Start programs and preschools
    • school age programs
    • day care homes
    • DCF relative providers

How the Bonus Program Works

Child Care Aware of Kansas (CCAKS) will implement the program on behalf of the Kansas Department for Children and Families and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

All eligible child care workers will receive a letter in July outlining the process to accept the bonus and will have until Nov. 18 to act.

CCAKS will offer educational webinars about the process as well.

You can learn more at ks.childcareaware.org.

“Child care professionals are essential to a thriving Kansas economy, providing high-quality early care and education to young children while ensuring parents are able to work,” said Kelly Davydov, Executive Director of Child Care Aware of Kansas. “We’re grateful for their service to young children and families.”

“Working in child care is a calling, one that inspires and educates the minds of young Kansans, and plays an important role in strengthening Kansas families,” said Laura Howard, Secretary of Kansas Department for Children and Families. “We cannot say it enough — Thank you child care workers for everything you do for Kansas children!”