How to Apply for Child Care
Applicants are required to participate in an approved activity like work (full or part time), school or a qualifying training program.
Applying for child care services through Hamilton County Job and Family Services requires you to complete both an application and to submit verification documents. Please read the following information carefully to ensure your application is processed as quickly as possible. Please note it may take up to 30 days to complete your application. We complete cases in the order they are received and when all verification documents have been received.
JFS 01124 Re-determination Application (Annual renewal of benefits)
If you are completing an annual redetermination of Child Care benefits and have misplaced the application mailed to you, or never received your application, please complete the JFS 1124 Redetermination Application and return it with current verification documents before the annual review deadline. If you missed your annual review deadline, please follow the instructions below to apply for services.
Step 1: Complete the Child Care Application Packet
Before you apply, please read the following documents carefully:
To apply you MUST complete the following and return to hold the application date
You may also need to complete the following documents depending on circumstances:
- Child Care Employment Verification Form
- Child Care Family Household Income Statement
- Child Care Self-Employment Form
If you don’t see the verification document you need, please refer to the forms page.
Step 2: Return the Packet to HCJFS
To ensure prompt receipt of documents
(Applications can be faxed from any Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County branch free of charge. Retain a copy of the fax confirmation sheet.)
You may also return the packet either in person or by mail to:
Hamilton County Job and Family Services
Attn: Child Care
222 E. Central Parkway, Third Floor
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Step 3: Supply any additional information requested
When you apply for child care services, you may not have submitted enough information to complete the application. A caseworker will be in touch with you to ask for additional documentation. You must supply that information to Child Care within 30 days or your application will be denied.
A denial notice officially informs you that you are NOT eligible for the program. An approval notice informs you that you are eligible for the program.