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Types of Child Care in Ohio
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Effective December 31, 2016, child care licensing rules require anybody who is interested in becoming a child care provider to complete a pre-licensing orientation training prior to submitting an application. The goal of this training is to lay a solid foundation of child care knowledge on which you can plan and build your child care program. Each module in the training covers related topics that must be considered prior to beginning the process to become a licensed program. This training replaced the previous Plan of Operation Training for centers and Type A Homes and the county orientation and Health and Safety training for Type B Homes. This training contains the following modules:  

  1. The Business of Operating a Child Care Program
  2. How to Apply to Become a Child Care Center (or Family Child Care provider)
  3. Child Care Center (or Family Child Care) Licensing Rule Review
  4. Step Up To Quality
  5. Publicly Funded Child Care

This training will be offered in-person around the state. Please log into the Ohio Professional Registry at http://www.occrra.org/cart/training_list to search for training dates and locations.   For instructions on how to create a profile in the Ohio Professional Registry, please click here.

  • If you are interested in becoming a licensed Child Care Center, please search and register for “Pre-licensing training for Child Care Programs”
  • If you are interested in becoming a Family Child Care provider, please search and register for “Pre-licensing Training for Family Child Care Providers”

Types of Child Care Programs  

Child Care Centers -  7 or more children at one time.   

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 6 children at one time (and no more than 3 children under age 2). 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.  

Prior to December 31, 2016, if you are interested in becoming a Type B Home Provider, or an In-Home Aide, please contact your local County Department of Job & Family Services (CDJFS).  

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.  

Click here to be directed to a page dedicated to Child Day Camps in Ohio.