Hamilton County Job and Family Services Child Care covers part of the cost of child care for eligible low and moderate-income families. In order for a provider to care for children of families receiving publicly-funded child care, the provider must be licensed by the state or county.

Changes to Criminal Background Check Process

There is now enhanced functionality in the Ohio Professional Registry (OPR) which allows the JFS 01175 to be submitted electronically.  Individuals may now use the OPR to send the JFS 01175 to ODJFS.  For those sent electronically, the JFS 01176 “Program Notification of Background Check Review for Child Care” will be available to the program electronically in the OPR.

Beginning September 2019, all JFS 01175s shall be submitted via the OPR.  Programs cannot create accounts and submit or sign the JFS 01175 on behalf of staff, employees or residents. Profiles in the OPR must be owned and controlled by the individual staff, employee or resident. Also in September 2019, programs will be required to link employees and residents to their program in the OPR and keep all individuals currently employed by the program or currently residing in the home linked to the program. Programs should begin this process now to ensure compliance by next fall.

Becoming a Provider

There are three types of Child Care Opportunities. If you want to provide child care services to families that are eligible for the publicly-funded child care program, you must be licensed.

Applications to become a Family Child Care provider in the State of Ohio are submitted to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.  Complete applications are forwarded to the county of residence for processing and licensing recommendation.  To apply to be a Family Child Care provider, please contact the Child Care Policy Help Desk at 1-877-302-2347, option 4.  An application will be sent to you with further instructions.

Family Child Care rules align Type A and Type B provider requirements effective 12/31/16.  To view the rules, please click here.

For additional resources and information, please visit the ODJFS Child Care page here.