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Types of Child Care in Ohio
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TYPES OF CHILD CARE PROGRAMS

Child Care Centers – seven or more children at one time.  

Overview of how to open a Child Care Center.  

Family Child Care Providers (formerly Type A and Type B Home providers) –  

Type A Home providers can care for 7-12 children at one time, however, each staff member can care for no more than six children at one time (and no more than three children under age two).  

Type B Home providers can care for no more than 6 children at one time (and no more than 3 children under age 2). Children under 6 years of age related to the provider (including the provider’s own children) and residents of the home must be included in total group size.  

Overview of how to open a Family Child Care Program.  

Child Day Camps – A program which cares for only school age children and operates for less than seven hours each day, during the time school is not in session, and the program operates at least 50% outdoors. Child day camps must register with ODJFS each year. To receive reimbursement for publicly funded child care, the child day camp must be accredited by the American Camping Association (ACA) and submit the certificate annually with the day camp registration.  

Overview of Child Day Camps.  

In-Home Aides –  A person who provides child care to a child in the child's own home, not in their home. An In-Home Aide can only care for the children who live in that home.  

REQUIRED TRAINING FOR CHILD CARE PROGRAMS PRIOR TO APPLICATION

The following required trainings for child care programs are now available for completion in the Ohio Professional Registry (OPR) at https://occrra.org/opr/. Please contact the Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral Association (OCCRRA) staff at 1-877-547-6978, option 1 with any questions on how to create a profile or register for a training. 

  • Pre-Licensing Training for Child Care Centers
  • Pre-Licensing Training for Family Child Care Providers (Type A or B Home Provider)
  • Pre-Camp and Staff Orientation for Approved Child Day Camps
  • Pre-Certification Orientation for In-Home Aides 

Once the above pre-training is completed in the OPR, the applicant can begin the application process in the Ohio Child Licensing and Quality System (OCLQS). Please see the instructions on how to submit an application in OCLQS by clicking here. To gain access to OCLQS use the following link:https://oclqs.force.com/oclqs_home.  

If you are planning on preparing and/or serving food, you will want to work with your local health department. Click here for a listing of local health districts.