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HACC Child Care, Preschool, and School Age Summer Program

Hays Area Children's Center (HACC) is a KDHE licensed child care facility with Child Care for ages 2 weeks to 3 years, Preschool for ages 3 to 6 years, and School Age Summer Program for Kindergarten through 3rd Grade.

We are open year round, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

We are located at 94 Lewis Drive on the edge of the FHSU campus.

Hays Area Children’s Center offers a structured learning environment and educational activities to prepare preschoolers for kindergarten.

HACC support staff includes a Registered Nurse, Physical Therapist, Speech-Language Pathologist, Early Childhood Special Education Teacher, and Occupational Therapist who are excellent resources for our child care staff.

We provide nutritious meals for breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack that follow guidelines from the State of Kansas food program, CACFP.

HACC has a large, secure, outdoor play area, & organizes educational field trips for the Preschool and School Age Summer Program.

All staff are certified in CPR/First Aid and have completed required KDHE licensing courses.

Lead teachers have additional certifications in Child Development. 

Call Brandon at 785-625-3257 for more information or to schedule an appointment for an HACC tour.  We would be happy to discuss your family’s child care needs and how Hays Area Children’s Center can help.


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History of HACC

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

 · In 1968, United Way began its support of the agency.

 · In 1978, the Center changed its name to the Early Childhood Developmental Center (ECDC).

 · In 1978, ECDC became certified by the Kansas State Department of Education as a special purpose school.

 · In 1988, ECDC became part of the KDHE Infant/Toddler Early Intervention Services Network.

 · In 1992, ECDC and The Community Child Care Center and Preschool merged to create the Hays Area Children’s Center.

 · In 1999, Ellis County Healthy Start program began.

 · From 2001-2013, Child Care Aware® of Northwest Kansas was a program of the Hays Area Children’s Center.

 · In 2004,  Infant and Toddler Early Intervention Services received the State Exemplary Practice Award.        

     · In 2005, HACC received a Merit Award for positive economic community impact from the Kansas Department of Commerce.  

 · In 2005, HACC began receiving Smart Start grant funding from the Kansas Children’s Cabinet.

 · In 2007, HACC created an organizational fund with the Heartland Community Foundation.

 · In 2009 HACC began receiving Kansas Early Learning Collaboration grant funding from the Kansas Children’s Cabinet.

 · In 2016, HACC celebrates 50 years of service to children and families in the community.