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Welcome To Hays Area Children's Center

Children love HACC's new playground
The wonder of learning never ends!
Child care + learning = an amazing experience!
Reading is fun!
Healthy Start
  • The wonder of learning never ends!
    Call 785-625-3257 to learn about quality child care services.
  • Child care + learning = an amazing experience!
    Email for enrollment information.
  • Reading is fun!
    To volunteer to read to our preschool students, contact us at 785-625-3257.
  • Healthy Start
    Elaine Rupp coordinates the Healthy Start Program for families with young children. Call 785-625-3257 for more information.

What's Happening Now?

From disability and developmental services to day care... 

Watch this video to see what we do!

Splish Splash Bubble Dash

Family 5k Run, Walk & Stroll

Race, walk, enjoy games, play in foam and enjoy a day with families and friends!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

9 am: Registration
10 am: Race

Big Creek Crossing (behind the mall)

Rain Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018

Eventbrite - Splish Splash Bubble Dash

Save the Date!

Bright Lights for Little Tykes 2018 

With Dueling Pianos

Saturday, November 17, 2018

6 pm

Rose Garden Banquet Hall

2350 East 8th Street in Hays, KS


Hold the date for Bright Lights for Little Tykes 2018, featuring dueling pianos. Our signature event includes an exciting auction with beautifully decorated Christmas trees, vacation packages and fabulous items; fine dining and drinks; and the rousing music of dueling pianos.


Enjoy a fun and festive evening -- while helping children in our community grow and thrive.


Look for details coming soon!

About HACC

Our Mission: To provide and promote quality care and educational experiences for young children and families.

Originally named the Hays Daycare Center for Exceptional Children, HACC was founded in the spring of 1966 through the combined efforts of parents, the Special Education Department at FHSU, and The Arc of Central Plains.

Our programs and services include: 

  • Licensed Child Care, including Preschool, Infants and Toddlers
  • School Age Summer Program
  • Early Intervention Services and Screenings
  • Healthy Start Home Visitor
  • Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

Intervention and Screening services are free to children and families in Ellis and Rush Counties. The Healthy Start Home Visitor program serves pregnant women, new mothers and their infants in Ellis County. Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs is free to qualifying children up to age 21 in Western Kansas. 

Hays Area Children's Center is an Ellis County United Way Partner Agency.

We thank United Way for helping children and families grow healthy and thrive.

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Contact Us

Hays Area Children's Center
94 Lewis Drive
Hays, KS 67601
(785) 625-3257
(785) 625-HACC


Winter Weather

HACC will close when USD 489 (Hays public schools) is closed for bad weather. On rare occasions, our facility might have to close when public schools are not in session. 

Check these sources for HACC closures:

  • Local Radio (KAYS – 1400 AM)
  • Emergency Alert System (texts and emails) from USD 489
  • HACC email alerts
  • Facebook
  • HACC website  (

Visit to register with the USD 489 Emergency Alert System.