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Child Care Options

Child Care Options

Child Care Connection is part of a statewide network of referral agencies. We serve the communities in Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit and Trumbull counties. 

Are you looking for Child Care Options?

Let us help you find a solution to your child care needs. Our extensive database can help you find: 

  • Family Child Care Providers
  • Child Care Centers
  • School-age Programs
  • Preschool Programs
  • Head Start Programs
  • Summer Camps
  • Agencies providing Nannies and in-home care
  • Adult-child Learning Opportunities

All information shared with Child Care Connection shall remain confidential. Child Care Connection does not endorse, rate, recommend or evaluate child care resources, programs, or providers and therefore, Child Care Connection does not assume, warrant, or guarantee quality care. Any information about a caregiver/provider has been provided solely by that caregiver/provider.

Your Role as a Parent

As a parent, you'll want to carefully select child care. Use this guide along with our helpful checklist to evaluate programs you are considering for your child.

Call
Contact several programs/providers to find out details on cost, hours, programs available, and location.

Visit
Take a visit to at least two programs/providers.

Evaluate
Use our Quality Indicator Checklist to evaluate the program/provider.

Monitor
Pay close attention to the program/provider while you are making your choice, as well as each day when you drop off and pick up your child.

Adult-to-Child Ratios

One adult per maximum number of children

Child Care Centers

Infants
Birth to 12 months ..................... 1 to 5
12-17 months ............................ 1 to 6

Toddlers
18-29 months ............................ 1 to 7
30-35 months ............................ 1 to 8

Preschool
3 to 4 years ............................. 1 to 12
4 to 5 years ............................. 1 to 14

School-age
Kindergarten to 12 years ........... 1 to 18

Family Child Care Providers
birth to 2 years ............... no more than 3
Total children in home.......no more than 6

Child Care Types

Child Care Centers

  • provide care in an organized group setting
  • plan age-appropriate activities
  • offer care on a full or part day basis

Reasons Parents Choose Child Care Centers

  • centers are dependable
  • the reputation of the program
  • a school-like environment

Ask

  • is the center Accredited?
  • is it Step Up To Quality star rated?

Licensing

Licensing sets minimum standards for: health, safety, staff education, staff ratios, program requirements, and nutritious meals.

Information about licensing can be found at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services website at www.odjfs.state.oh.us/cdc/

Family Child Care

  • provides care for children in the provider's home
  • offers flexibility with schedules
  • can be less expensive

Reasons Parents Choose Family Child Care

  • a home-like environment
  • single caregiver
  • smaller group size

Ask

  • is the Family Child Care Provider accredited with the National Association of Family Child Care Providers?

Licensing

Some Family Child Care Homes are licensed by the State of Ohio.

In-Home Child Care

provides care in your home by a live-in or live-out nanny

Reasons Parents Choose In-Home Child Care:

  • convenient for the family
  • offers flexibility
  • familiar environment
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