Job & Family Services Early Learning and Development
Types of Child Care in Ohio

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Child Care Center: 13 or more children at one time, 7 to 12 children if not in a personal residence. Child
care centers must be licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Type A Home Provider: 7 to 12 children (or 4 to 12 children if 4 children are under 2 years of age) cared for in the provider's personal residence. The provider's own children under 6 years of age must be included in the total count. Type A homes must be licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Click here to be directed to a page dedicated to information on becoming a licensed child care center or Type A Home in Ohio.

 
Type B Home Provider: 
1 to 6 children cared for in the provider's personal residence.  No more than three children may be under the age of two.  The provider's own children under six years of age must be included in the total count.  Anyone can operate a Type B Home without a license.  

Type B Homes must be licensed if the child care is paid for with publicly funded child care dollars.

If you are interested in becoming a Type B Home Provider, please contact your local County Department of Job & Family Services (CDJFS).  Your local CDJFS can be found at http://jfs.ohio.gov/county/County_Directory.


 Child Day Camp: A program which operates for less than seven hours a day and only during the vacation of the public schools, cares only for school age children, and the program is at least 50% outdoor based. Child day camps
must register with the department each year.  If child care is paid for with public funds, the camp must also meet American Camping Association Accreditation standards, or be approved by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
 
Click here to be directed to a page dedicated to Child Day Camps in Ohio.