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. If you want to care for children not participating in this program, there is no need to become 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.  A fillable 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.