Although tornadoes still run through it, Dorothy might not recognize today's Kansas. Today's corporate-run agriculture and Kansas' new manufacturing sectors make the once sleepy plains state's fabled past into little more than dust in the wind. However, the pioneering spirit that once founded the state remains. Kansas keeps regulations minimal so that entrepreneurs can get up and running.
In Kansas, an increasing number of single-parent and two-parent working families has turned child daycare into a big business. However, states, counties and cities take the welfare of children seriously. Daycare owners and workers must undergo background investigations and in many cases mandatory training courses. Governments license both home daycares and daycare facilities, making sure that health and safety standards are met.