Job & Family Services Early Learning and Development
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The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) Child Care will post updates to policies, licensing, CCIDS, Step Up To Quality and other pertainent information on this new page on a regular basis.  This page will post new information in one place and direct users to the various areas of the website where updates are located and for further information.
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 ODJFS Child Care Updates

August 22, 2014-  Market Rate Survey 2014

To complete the Market Rate Survey, please click here.


July 24, 2013-     Licensing Procedure Change for Submitting Compliance Materials  

 Effective July 23, 2013, the procedure for submitting licensing compliance materials has changed. Please view the change on the Licensing Compliance webpage.

May 31, 2013-   FFY 14-15 Ohio Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) Draft State Plan- Comments due June 21, 2013

Ohio's CCDF Draft State Plan for FFY 14-15 has been posted for review and comment at: A public hearing will  be held to collect state plan comments at: 4200 E Fifth Ave Columbus, OH 43212 on June 21, 2013 12:00pm-3:00pm.

April 11, 2013-  Early Childhood Ohio Website

For information regarding the Early Learning Challenge Grant (ELCG) and ELCG Child Care updates, please visit the website.

February 13, 2013

New Pilot e-learning for Step Up To Quality to meet specialized training requirements. Click here for more information about online learning

October 17, 2012 - Draft SUTQ Program Standards: Feedback due November 2, 2012

In December 2011, Ohio was awarded the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant. As part of the grant application, Ohio made a commitment to revise and expand the current tiered quality rating and improvement system which is called Step Up To Quality (SUTQ), and to broaden participation to all early childhood settings (including school districts, child care, and family child care).

The standards have been expanded from three to five levels and have been revised to include family and community engagement and health promotion standards. We are seeking your feedback on the draft standards which are now posted for public comment.

Please submit your feedback and comments on the draft standards by visiting  The deadline to submit your comments is November 2, 2012.  Thank you.

July 12, 2012 - Market Rate Survey Deadline July 29, 2012

The deadline for the 2012 Ohio Child Care Market Rate Survey has been extended until July 29, 2012. If you have not received an email regarding the survey, please contact our OSU partners at: As a reminder, please check the SPAM folder in your mailbox.

July 5, 2012 - Provider Update

In order to keep providers informed, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) Division of Child Care (DCC) will issue a provider update that outlines our goals, accomplishments, and important child care information.  This document will serve as a useful communication tool for staying informed on the exciting changes to the early care and education field. Click here for the June Provider Update.

June 28, 2012 - SUTQ Pre-Requisite Update

SUTQ Pre-Requisites have been revised and will be posted on the Registry by July 1, 2012. The four academic areas of Math, Science, Social Studies, and English Language Arts as well as the Bridging the Standards trainings will continue to be offered in their revised versions until training for the new Ohio Early Learning and Development Standards are developed and ready to be implemented.

Building Blocks will no longer be offered to providers after July 1, 2012. Building Blocks training taken before July 1, 2012 will be accepted by Step Up Licensing Specialist to fulfill the pre-requisite requirements.

June 8, 2012 - Fire Inspection

On September 29, 2011, Child Care Center and Type-A home licensing rules changed, requiring an annual fire inspection based on the date of the last fire inspection, rather than from date of the license renewal. On June 11, 2012, JFS’s automated systems will be modified to reflect the rule change and an email message will be sent 90 days prior to the expiration of the last fire inspection. Please use that email as a reminder to schedule and complete a new fire inspection. In the event the fire inspection expires, a second email will be sent to alert the provider to obtain a new fire inspection. During the transition to the new JFS automated systems, some providers may receive an email message, even if the fire inspection was submitted. If fire inspection documentation was recently submitted, please disregard the reminder messages.

May 23, 2012 - New Background Check Procedure

Effective June 4, 2012, a new procedure will be implemented for completing BCII and FBI background checks for child care center and type A home owners, administrators and type A home residents 18 years of age or older .  This will allow background check results to be sent electronically to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) and a paper copy to be sent directly to the provider. Take the instructions to the WebCheck agency when being fingerprinted to ensure accurate processing. Click here for Instructions.

April 30, 2012 -   Provider Quarterly Update

In order to keep providers informed, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) Division of Child Care (DCC) will issue a quarterly update that outlines our goals and accomplishments and highlights the work planned for the future.  This document will serve as a useful communication tool for staying informed on the exciting changes to the early care and education field.   Click here for the Provider Updates

February 24, 2012 - Approved Agency for CPR Training

BCCD has approved ProTrainings LLC CPR training for child care programs in Ohio
Click here for information on approved health organizations

February 6, 2012 - Online Communicable Disease Course Option

The approved communicable disease training course is now available in an online format.
Click here for a list of approved options for First Aid/Communicable Disease/CPR/Child Abuse

February 2, 2012 - Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge Grant

Click here for more information, including a Power Point Presentation on the Grant

January 1, 2012 - Ohio ECC Live

Ohio Electronic Child Care (Ohio ECC) system will be used by child care providers serving children in publicly funded child care.
Click here for Ohio ECC

 December 30, 2011 - Child Care First Aid/CPR/Child Abuse Training Update

First Aid/Communicable Disease/CPR/Child Abuse Training Chart has been updated.
Click here for the updated chart.
Keeping Children Safe: Child Abuse and Neglect Curriculum for Early Childhood Professionals is now available for trainers.  
Train the trainer sessions are currently being offered.   
Online approval for Child Abuse Training
Click here for more information                                                            

December 30, 2011 - Child Care Forms Update

The child care forms page has been updated with prescribed and sample forms.  This page now includes a direct link to reference guides.
Click here for the Child Care Forms page

 December 30, 2011 - Step Up To Quality Updates

The SUTQ Guidance Document and supporting materials have been updated and posted on the website.  You will find the updated materials on the following pages:
Click here for the updated Guidance Document
Click here for updated Evidence Portfolio Clarification documents
Click here for updated Who To Call listings
Click here for updated Benchmark Resources

 November 18, 2011 - Orientation Curriculum for Child Care Staff 

The orientation training has been revised effective 11/18/2011 in order to reflect recent  rule changes.  Staff members completing the training can now receive up to five hours of in-service training hours.  Please refer to the Administrator Instructions and Frequently Asked Questions.  Click here for the Orientation Curriculum page

November 10, 2011 - Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) Rule update

Rule 5101:2-12-01 has been revised. The following documents have been updated:  SUTQ Guidance Document, Evidence Portfolio Tabs, Parent and Outreach Brochures, SUTQ Tiers have been  updated and posted on the child care website. Click here for Step Up To Quality updates

 August 12, 2011 - Tax information for Small Business Owners

Tax information including specific information for child care owners and self-employed providers has been added to the Provider Resources section.  
Click here for Small Business Tax Information

 August 11, 2011 - Child Care Advisory Council (CCAC) meeting schedule has changed.  

Find current information on the Child Care Advisory Council page.

July 19, 2011 - Ohio Electronic Child Care (Ohio ECC)

Caretaker/Parent and Provider Information                           

 July 7, 2011 - Efficiency and Budget Update

Child Care Efficiency and Budget Update