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Child care licensing regulations are designed to reduce the risk of harm to children while they are participating in out of home care. In examining national research, state statistics, and the best practices of states that have been recognized as having effective licensing systems, Ohio has identified those rule areas which could lead to the greatest risk of harm. These rules were also looked at through the lens of meeting three criteria: any non-compliances must be observable, not inferable; they must truly lead to the greatest risk of harm to children; and they must be defendable.  

The most egregious offenses are considered Serious Risk Non-Compliance (SRNC) and are 6 points. Moderate Risk Non-Compliance (MRNC) are 3 points. All other non-compliances are considered ‘low risk’ and valued as 1 point. A program will not be eligible for a star rating or a star rating may be reduced or removed if a program has a 6 point serious risk, or a total of 24 points or  more of serious and moderate risk non-compliances in a 12-month period.   

SRNC/MRNC Point Values  

   Centers   
   Family Child Care  

SRNC/MRNC Reduction and Removal  

   Centers - TA Letter #11  

   Family Child Care - TA Letter #12  

View the Child Care Center and Family Child Care New Inspection Protocol CCCMPL 11.

Compliance Resources       

Getting Started as a New Administrator  

Administrator/Staff Licensing Responsibilities  

Keys to Compliance (Centers only): Keeping Me Safe When I'm Away From Home - JFS 01552   

Systems Guides - these guides contain information and suggestions for systems that programs can implement to help achieve and maintain compliance with the 4 most commonly cited serious risk non-compliances.

1. Systems Guide to Keeping Children with Health Conditions Safe - JFS 01567      

2. Systems Guide for Background Checks - JFS 01565

3. Systems Guide for Maintaining Staff/Child Ratios and Supervision - JFS 01564

4. Systems Guide for the Proper Administration of Medication - JFS 01566

  • JFS 01580 Your Prescription for Safely Administering Medication 
  • JFS 01581 Your Prescription for Safely Administering Non-Prescription Medication 
  • JFS 01582 Your Prescription for Safely Caring for Children with Special Health Conditions 
  • JFS 01583 Your Prescription for Safely Caring for Children with Medication and Health Care Needs on Field Trips          

Provider Tips for Compliance  

 
  What to Expect During a Licensing Inspection- Center    
  What to Expect During a Licensing Inspection- FCC
 
  Field Trips - Centers
  Field Trips - FCC
 
  Swimming- Centers
  Swimming- FCC
 
  Managing and Preventing Illness- Centers
  Managing and Preventing Illness- FCC
 
  Provider Payment Funding Sources
 
  Provider Training Reminders
 
  Disaster Preparation
 
  Tummy Time
 
  Choking Hazards
 
  Parent/Employee Handbook