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Types of Child Care in Ohio
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Effective December 31, 2016, child care licensing rules require individuals who are interested in becoming a licensed child care provider to complete a pre-licensing orientation training prior to submitting an application for licensure. If you are interested in becoming an In-home Aide, you are required to complete a pre-certification training.

The goal of the training is to lay a solid foundation of child care knowledge on which you can plan and build your child care program. The training covers related topics that should be considered prior to beginning the process to become a licensed program or In-Home Aide. The training replaced the previous Plan of Operation Training for Centers and Type A Homes, the County Orientation and Health and Safety Training for Type B Homes and training for In-Home Aides.

The trainings contain the following modules, when applicable to the provider type:

  • The Business of Operating a Child Care Program
  • How to Apply to Become a Child Care Center (or Family Child Care provider)
  • ChildCare Center (or Family Child Care) Licensing Rule Review
  • Step Up To Quality
  • Publicly Funded Child Care
  1. Prior to completing the training, you must log into the Ohio Professional Registry (OPR) at http://www.occrra.org/ and create a profile. You will be given an OPIN number; please write down this number as you will need to enter this information on a certificate at the end of the training and to create an account in the Ohio Child Licensing and Quality System (OCLQS) to submit for licensure.

    See instructions on how to create a profile in the Ohio Professional Registry You only need to complete Step One on the document in order to create your account and to receive your OPIN number.

  2. Once you have created a profile in the OPR and documented your OPIN number, you will need to return to this webpage in order to complete the training.

    **It is recommended to view the training in either Microsoft Explorer (IE) or Google Chrome internet browser. Also, please be sure to watch the training to the end as you will need to print the certificate to show completion. Once you have successfully printed your certificate, you may close out of the training.**  

  3. Please email the completed certificate to prelicensing@jfs.ohio.gov.
  4. Once the certificate is received, ODJFS will enter that you have completed the training into the OPR and you will then receive an email confirmation that the information has been entered into the OPR. When this email confirmation is received, you may then apply for licensure by first creating an account in OCLQS.
  5. Once you have created an account for OCLQS, you will need to submit an application for licensure. Please see the instructions on how to submit an application. (Please choose the job aid which matches the type of child care program you wish to open.)

    Please note: The child care program type application submitted via OCLQS must match the type of pre-licensing training that was completed.

    OCLQS job aids are also available.

Types of Child Care Programs

Child Care Centers -7 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 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.
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.
Please see the Child Day Camps in Ohio page for more information.