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Licensing & Accreditation

General Ohio Child Care Program 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). This website provides information on licensing rules, forms and training.
(877) 302-2347, option 4, for translation services
jfs.ohio.gov/cdc/Licensing_Information.stm
County Department of Job and Family Services (CDJFS) Agency Directory: jfs.ohio.gov/County/County_Directory.stm

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 Toll-free (855) 302-4453 or TTY (800) 750-0750
actionforchildren.org

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
http://nafcc.org

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. They also have a helpful online guide for families to learn what to look for when choosing quality child care.
1313 L Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20005
(800) 424-2460
NAEYC: naeyc.org
rightchoiceforkids.org

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Early Learning

Provides information, resources and services related to early learning and school readiness. Also, 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
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Early-Learning

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
jfs.ohio.gov/cdc/childcare.stm