Your Child Care Business

Child Care can be an exciting and rewarding field.  It can be a wonderful opportunity to have an impact on the lives of children and their families.  Caring for children is also a tremendous responsibility.  Are you prepared?


Need Help with Referrals?

We get hundreds of calls a year from parents looking for child care options. Make sure we know about you!

Child Care Connection maintains a database of hundreds of child care options, and we provide referrals to every parent who calls for resources. The service is free ... to you and them ... so be sure to let us know about your service: hours, ages served, tuition rates, special services, and more.

We make this easy for you! Save the forms below to your computer, update your information, then email it, mail it, or fax it to us so we can update our records.

Click on the appropriate links below


Need Help Starting a Child Care Business?

Things to consider:

Does your community need child care? Contact Child Care Connection for a needs assessment

Can your program become financially stable? Contact currently operating programs for market analysis.

Do you have the right stuff? Are you a leader? Are you willing to work long hours? Do you feel a deep commitment to children and their families? Are you committed to establishing a program where professional training and growth will be accepted?

Have you contacted your local Zoning Department, Building Department, Fire Department, and Health Department?  All above departments must give approval before final licensure of a child care center; and many communities require approval for a home child care business as well.

Do you know about the different types of care?

Type B Home: 1 to 6 children cared for in the provider's personal residence. No more than 3 children may be under 2 years of age. The provider's own children under 6 years of age must be included in the total count. Anyone can operate a Type B Home without a license. If the child care is paid for with public funds, the Type B home must be licensed by the State of Ohio.  Contact your local county department of Job and Family Services for information on Type B licensing.  Find your local CDJFS

Type A Home: 7 to 12 children (or 4 to 12 children if 4 children are under 2 years of age) cared for in the provider's personal residence. The provider's own children under 6 years of age must be included in the total count. Type A homes must be licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Child Care Center: 13 or more children at one time, 7 to 12 children if not in a personal residence. Child care centers must be licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Child Day Camp: A program which operates for less than seven hours a day and only during the vacation of the public schools, cares only for school age children and the program is at least 50% outdoor based. Child day camps must register with the department each year.


Interested in more information?

Find the licensing rules and regulations for Type B and Type A Homes and licensed centers.


Ready to Begin?

Contact Child Care Connection 1-800-407-5437 for next Child Care Licensing Orientation Session 1: Starting A Center or register online on The Ohio Professional Registry for ODJFS Pre-Licensing Training for Family Child Care Providers or Child Care Center Programs

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