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Kim and Bryan Engelman's 13-month-old daughter, Lexie Engelman, died in 2004 related to injuries received from an accident at a family child care home. Following this tragedy, Bryan and Kim began to examine the child care system, and found their experience was not an isolated incident, and significant system changes were needed. After years of work with the Kansas state regulators, legislators and support from other parents and advocates (like the Patricks), Lexie's Law was passed in 2010. Lexie's Law requires all family child care providers to be licensed in Kansas.
Alecia and Steve Patrick, of Olathe, Kansas, suffered a horrific loss on April 13, 2009, when their 18-month-old daughter, Ava, died in an unlicensed family child care home. It was Ava’s first day of child care. She suffocated when her head was caught in a home-made indoor fence. The Patricks became active in efforts to strengthen child care laws and were instrumental in the efforts to pass Lexie’s Law in 2010. Most recently, they were instrumental in working with U.S. Senator Pat Roberts to co-sponsor S. 581, the Child Care Protection Act, which requires a comprehensive background check for child care providers.
Governor Sam Brownback (R)
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We Can Do Better: Child care center licensing and oversight in Kansas ranked 48th in a ranking of all states, including the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense.
Leaving Children to Chance: Family child care home licensing and oversight in Kansas ranked 3rd in a ranking of all states, including the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense.