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Child Care

Columbus Public Health (CPH) Injury Prevention Program

Provides several services related to injury prevention and home safety:

  • Low-cost car seats and booster seats to families in need (Ohio Buckles Buckeyes Program)
  • Free car seat checks at fitting stations throughout Columbus
  • Low-cost home safety inspections for houses that provide in-home childcare
  • Fire prevention and pedestrian safety programs (Safe Kids Central Ohio)

240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-7748

Action for Children

Provides child care and early learning information free of charge for parents, including year-round parenting classes for parents with kids of all ages throughout Central Ohio and information about choosing quality child care. They also assist people who operate home-based childcare.

78 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-0222 or (855) 302-4453 or TTY (800) 750-0750

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Healthy Child Care America

Offers an online site for parents and providers to find resources related to early education and child care, including resources for children with special needs, nutrition information and injury prevention.
141 NW Point Blvd, Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007
(888) 227-5409

American Red Cross Babysitter Training

Offers beginner and advanced babysitter training. Visit their website for a schedule of classes, pricing and registration information.
995 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 253-2740

Allows parents to go online and find babysitters, nannies, child care centers, au pairs and special needs caregivers in their area.
1400 Main Street, Waltham, Massachusetts 02451
(877) 227-3115

Child Care Aware Parent Network

Provides information on how to find high quality child care in the community, including five steps toward choosing quality child care, videos on what to look for when choosing a child care center, and an online site to find babysitters and nannies and special needs care. Parents can have information on a variety of topics sent to them for free.
1515 Courthouse Road, Arlington, Virginia 22201
(800) 424-2246

CHLOE (Community, Health, Life Skills, Opportunities & Education)

Provides mentoring and education services to pregnant and teen moms in Franklin County. Some of the classes they offer include: shaken baby prevention presentation, pregnancy and child birth education and safe sitter classes. They also provide childcare, study help and have a mini boutique, stocked with infant and toddler clothing, diapers, blankets, bedding, small equipment and other necessities needed to care for little ones.
PO Box 30241, Columbus, Ohio 43230
(614) 477-1426

General Ohio Licensing Information

All child care centers in the state of Ohio are licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) or the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). Because a license is no guarantee of quality, some programs have gone beyond minimum licensing standards to obtain accreditation from the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs (NAEYC). Ohio is one of the few states that do not require home providers who care for 6 or less children (Type B homes) to be licensed. Type B home providers can go above minimum standards, however, by being nationally accredited through the National Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC).

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Licensing Agencies

National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)

Individuals who have achieved NAFCC accreditation have met the highest standards available for in-home providers. Click below to find home care providers that are nationally accredited through NAFCC. There are less than 30 in Columbus.
1743 West Alexander Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84119
(801) 886-2322

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Has a national voluntary accreditation program for child care centers who wish to meet quality standards that go above and beyond basic licensing requirements. Ohio has more than 200 NAEYC accredited child care centers. Go online to search for these centers. They also have a helpful online guide for families to learn what to look for when choosing quality child care.
1313 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20005
(800) 424-2460

National Resource Center for Health & Safety in Child Care & Early Education

Offers information on a variety of topics, including handling asthma in a child care setting, required immunizations, background checks, child care emergencies and resources for children with special needs.
13120 East 19th Avenue, Aurora, Colorado 80045
(800) 598-KIDS or (800) 598-5437

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Babysitter Training

Participants must be at least 11 years old, and registration is $30. The registration fee includes educational materials, a babysitter success kit, lunch and a certificate of completion.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-0662

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Center for Injury Research & Policy

Their website provides information on a variety of safety topics, including bicycle safety, passenger safety, concussions, backyard safety, child care safety, computer safety and more.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-2400

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Health E-Hints

Health e-Hints is a free, unique e-newsletter written by pediatric specialists and customized to meet the health and safety needs of your family. When you enter the ages of your own children, you’ll only get the articles that are relevant to your family. The newsletter is completely customized just for you.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-2000

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Health Information Library

Find information about the disease, condition, procedure or test you need. Also, find relevant information on various health topics for parents, kids and teens.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-2000

Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies (OACCA)

Their website contains advocacy information and helpful resources, as well as a directory of members and services and referral form for services throughout Ohio.
1151 Bethel Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220
(614) 461-0014

Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles ID R Kids

Obtaining Ohio photo ID cards for children assists authorities in the event that the child is reported missing. Parents can apply for an Ohio ID card for their children locally (with the sites listed online), and there is no minimum age.
1970 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 752-7500

Ohio Child Care Resource & Referral Association (OCCRRA)

Click below to find child care resources and referral agencies in your county.
2760 Airport Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(877) 547-6978 or (614) 396-5959

Ohio Department of Education (ODE)

Licenses preschool programs and school-age child care operated by schools and educational centers. Click below to search for licensed centers.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 644-6338

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) Early Learning and Development

Search online for child care providers by location, type of facility and ages of children. Parents can learn about each program, its licensing status, its location and the number and ages of children served. Print out the four-page Parent’s Guide to Choosing Safe and Healthy Child Care, a parent checklist developed by the US Department of Health and Human Services. Their website also has information about what is covered in the licensing law in Ohio, what must be regulated and additional standards.
30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(866) 635-3748

Safe Sitter

A nationally-recognized program developed by pediatricians that provides quality babysitting training programs for youth at many locations throughout Columbus and Ohio. Click to find program locations.
8604 Allisonville Road, Indianapolis, Indiana 46250
(317) 569-5001

YMCA of Central Ohio

Offers over 60 programs throughout Franklin, Delaware, Fairfield, and Pickaway counties. Their services include Educare Centers (full-day infant through preschool programs), early childhood education programs, preschool programs, school age programs, and year-round care (programs when schools are not in session).
40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-1142