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Types of Child Care in Ohio
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REQUIRED TRAINING FOR CHILD CARE PROGRAMS PRIOR TO APPLICATION

UPDATE: The following trainings are now available for completion in the Ohio Professional Registry (OPR) at https://occrra.org/opr/.  

  • Pre-licensing Training for Child Care Center Providers
  • Pre-licensing Training for Family Child Care Providers (Type A or B Home Provider)

Once one of the above pre-licensing trainings are 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. To gain access to OCLQS use the following link:

https://oclqs.force.com/oclqs_home. OCLQS job aids are also available.

The following instructions below are for In-Home Aides and Child Day Camp Programs only. Until further notice, In-Home Aide and Child Day Camp Program trainings will continue to be offered on this ODJFS website.    

Create a Profile in the OPR  

Prior to completing the training, you must log into the OPR at http://www.occrra.org/ and create a profile. You will be given an Ohio Professional Identification Number (OPIN); please write this number down, it will need entered on your certificate at the end of the training and used to create an account in OCLQS when submitting your application. See instructions on how to create a profile in the Ohio Professional Registry. Once you have created a profile in the OPR and documented your OPIN, you will need to return to this webpage to complete the training.  

Complete the Training on this Website  

It is recommended to view the training in Internet Explorer (IE). Also, please be sure to watch the entire training because you will need to print the certificate at the end to show completion. Once you have successfully printed your certificate, you may close out of the training. If you need to stop and return later to complete the training, you must resume the training on the same computer, using the same internet browser. You cannot stop the training and resume later at a different location/on a different computer.  

If you are interested in becoming an In-Home Aide, please complete the pre-certification orientation training.    

If you are interested in opening a Child Day Camp Program, please complete the pre-camp orientation training.  

Confirm Training Completion  

Please email the completed certificate to prelicensing@jfs.ohio.gov. Once the certificate is received, ODJFS will enter that you have completed the training into the OPR and you will receive email confirmation of this. Now you are ready to create an account and submit your application in OCLQS.  

Create an Account in OCLQS

You must create an account in OCLQS in order to submit an application. You will need your OPIN to create an account. Please see the information on how to create an account in OCLQS.    

    • Please note: If you currently operate one type of child care program (Center, Type A home, Type B home, and In-home Aide or a Day Camp) and you are choosing to open a different type of program, you will not be able to use the email address associated with your current program to register as an ODJFS user in OCLQS. A different email address must be associated with each type of child care program.  

Submit an Application in OCLQS  

Once you have created an account for OCLQS, you can submit an In-Home Aide Application or register as a day camp. 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 – 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.