How Can ODJFS Help Me With Child
Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) licenses Ohio Early Learning and
Development programs and helps caretakers (parents) who are working or in school pay for
child care through the Publicly Funded Child Care (PFCC) program. To obtain additional information on eligibility
for publicly funded child care, please click here.
Ohio law defines"child day care" as administering to the needs of
children outside of school hours by persons other than their caretakers on a less than twenty four hour basis. Some types of child care must
be regulated in Ohio; other types of child care may operate without a license.
Ohio Law defines an ODJFS "licensed child care program" as any of the following: a child day care center, a Type A family day-care home, or a Type B family day-care home.
Licensed programs are inspected
prior to and after receiving an ODJFS license and must verify compliance with state and federal
requirements. In addition, programs will also be investigated in response to
complaints received through ODJFS.
can search the ODJFS Search For Early Learning and Development Programs
page here to look for licensed child care programs by county, city, zip code, program type, Step Up To Quality rating and program specific information. These search results will include program
information, licensure details, and ODJFS inspection results.
What Types of Child Care Are Right
searching for a child care provider, it is important to understand the different
types of care available so the provider you choose can meet you and your child’s care needs. Child care provider options can include:
Child Care Centers -13
or more children at one time, 7 to 12 children if not in a personal residence.
Family Child Care Type A Homes -7
to 12 children (or 4 to 12 children if 4 children are under 2 years of age)
cared for in the provider’s home. The provider's own children under 6 years of
age must be included in the total count.
Family Child Care Type B homes serving children
through the publicly funded child care program -
to 6 children cared for in the provider's personal home. 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. Please note: anyone can provide care to children in his/her home without a license. However, in order to receive reimbursement for serving families eligible for publicly funded child care, the Type B home provider must be licensed
Ohio Department of Education (ODE) licensed early care and education programs- such as licensed preschool programs and licensed school-age child programs which are operated by a school district board of education, an eligible non-public school, a county board of developmental disabilities, or a community school.
day camps - are programs which care for only school age children and operate for less than
seven hours each day during the time school is not in session, and conducts at least 50% of its program outdoors. Child day camps must register with ODJFS each
year. To receive reimbursement for serving children in publicly funded child care, the child day
camp must be accredited by the American Camping Association (ACA) and submit
their ACA certificate annually along with the day camp registration.
What Are the Benefits of a Licensed
program can provide a caretaker and child with regulated, quality care through state
and federal requirements monitored by ODJFS, ODE or the ACA for compliance. This can include health and safety, staff Professional
Development training, CPR and First Aid, background checks, and additional monitoring
inspections, as needed. In addition, children
can receive additional early learning supports through the participation of licensed
programs in Ohio’s 5-star Quality Rating and Improvement System, Step Up To
Up To Quality recognizes learning and development programs that exceed
licensing health and safety standards, family and community engagement, health
promotion, staff professional development, and child development standards.
unlicensed program is a program that is not monitored by any entity and is not
required to meet any standards of safety, health, staffing, or early learning. Unlicensed programs can include:
- Care provided in a child's own home;
- Programs which operate two weeks or less a year;
- Programs where parents remain on the premises (unless
at the parent's employment site);
- Program offering specialized training in specific subjects, such as art,
drama, dance, swimming, etc.;
- Programs which operate one day a week for no more than
When Searching for Child Care, What
Steps Should Be Taken?
- Use the "Search
for Early Learning and Development Programs" page on the ODJFS website to
search for a program that interests you.
- Visit the
program to review:
- The care environment
- Program activities
- Emergency Procedures
- Early Learning and Development Curriculum
- License Status
- Step Up To Quality Rating
- Contact the programs with additional questions or concerns.
Where can I find Additional Information about Quality Child Care?
Care Resources and Referral Agency
Association for the Education of Young Children has a voluntary accreditation program for child care
centers who wish to meet quality standards that go above and beyond basic
licensing requirements. See individual center listings for more details.
Ohio Head Start Association,
Inc Head Start is a federally funded comprehensive early childhood
program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive
development of children through the provision of educational, health,
nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families. Visit
www.ohsai.org for more information and a
listing of Ohio’s Head Start programs.
National Association for Family Child
has a voluntary accreditation program for type B family day care homes. Visit
their web site for more information about their organization and its services
to family day care providers.