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Child Care Licensing - Family Child Care Providers

In Ohio, you need a license in order to provide child care for children who are eligible for Publicly Funded Child Care (PFCC). If you would like to provide care for PFCC-eligible children (no more than 6) from your home, you must become a licensed Family Child Care Provider.

NEW: Temporary COVID-19 Licensing Procedures for Child Care Centers

As a result of the K-12 school closings and with the anticipation of child care program closures because of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) is working to ensure:

  1. 1. Child care is available for parents employed providing health, safety and other essential services; and
  2. 2. To ensure providers serving Ohio’s most vulnerable children remain supported during program closure.

Temporary Pandemic Child Care License:

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, additional changes in policy are being implemented and are effective as of March 18, 2020:

Rule 5101:2-12-02.1: "Temporary Pandemic Child Care License" — a new rule which sets for the process and requirements of the temporary pandemic child care license.  This temporary licensure will allow approved programs to serve children whose parents are employed providing health, safety and other essential services as defined by the Director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services in consultation with the Director of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency.  There is no application fee and these programs will not be required to be rated in Step Up To Quality in order to provide Publicly Funded Child Care (PFCC).

Payment for these programs will be determined through an agreement process with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. When approving programs for temporary licensure ODJFS must use discretion regarding the number of licenses approved based on need and pandemic health concerns.  As a result ODJFS will evaluate programs based on location, capacity, and the number of children currently being served with parents employed to provide health, safety or other essential services.
  • Application for Temporary Pandemic Child Care Center License (JFS 01258)
  • Pandemic Child Care Center Child Enrollment Addendum (JFS 01259

How To Apply

Programs willing to provide service for parents employed providing health, safety and other essential services during the pandemic should complete the JFS 01258 and submit it to ODJFS_CHILDCARE@jfs.ohio.gov as soon as possible. 

If the application is approved, ODJFS will issue a letter notifying the pandemic child care center of the license approval and approved capacity. Both new and existing programs can apply for a temporary license with anticipation of an impending child care program closure.

Entities working to open a new temporary pandemic child care center should explore partnership with locations such as hospitals, churches, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA/YWCA organizations and existing providers as possible locations for temporary settings.

Questions?

ODJFS has created an FAQ section on pandemic child care programs, as well as a landing page for information regarding child care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Still can't find what you're looking for? Contact the Child Care Policy Helpdesk at 1-877-302-2347 (Option 4).

 

How do I become a Family Child Care Provider?

Anyone interested in becoming a Family Child Care Provider must apply online through state’s Ohio Child Licensing Quality System (OCLQS). You can learn more about the application process and access job aids at www.earlychildhoodohio.org.

Once you complete the necessary orientation and paperwork and submit your $250 payment, the application will be sent to the Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services (FCDJFS) for review.  FCDJFS will conduct the required inspections and, if approved, submit a recommendation for licensure to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS).  If your license is approved by the state, FCDJFS will continue to conduct ongoing inspections and monitor to make sure you continue to meet ODJFS licensure rules.
 
FCDJFS is also working with Action For Children to offer training for anyone who is interested in applying to become a Family Child Care Provider in Franklin County.  You can call Action for Children at (614) 224-0222 to learn more and get scheduled to attend training.
 
What are the minimum qualifications to become a Family Child Care Provider?
To become a Family Child Care Provider, you must meet the following minimum qualifications: 

  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Pass a home inspection
  • Pass local, FBI and BCII background checks
  • Pass a Franklin County Children Services  request for Child Abuse and Neglect Report
  • Attend First Aid, CPR and Health and Safety trainings
  • Attend 6 hours of child care training each year to keep your license
  • Provide a medical statement signed by a medical professional demonstrating the you are physically fit to provide care (see Appendix B of Rule 5101:2-13-02)
  • Provide child care services only in their home of residence
  • Have a working cell phone or land-line telephone
Additionally, any other adult(s) living in the home AND any identified child care staff members or substitute caregivers must also:
  • Pass local, FBI and BCII background checks
  • Pass a Franklin County Children Services  request for Child Abuse and Neglect Report
  • Attend First Aid, CPR and Health and Safety trainings
For a complete list of requirements, please review the Family Child Care Manual and the Child Care In-Home Aide Manual. Click HERE to visit state Child Care Rules and Forms Web page to review these manuals and learn more.