Kansas Making Gains In Child Day Care Quality

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A state health official says Kansas has made strides in improving the quality of day care for children, though legislators raised concerns that funding could erode the gains.

Rachel Berroth of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment told members of the legislative Health Policy Oversight Committee during a hearing Wednesday that the changes put in place in 2010 helped the state improve its national rankings from among the lowest in the country at 41st to third as measured by an industry organization.

Berroth said stagnant resources means agency staffers are working longer days to enforce the expanded licensing and inspection requirements.

Legislators say they are concerned that the gains could be lost without additional KDHE funding.