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
County Department of Job and Family Services (CDJFS) Agency Directory: jfs.ohio.gov/County/County_Directory.stm
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 Toll-free or (800) 750-0750 TTY
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
Has a national voluntary accreditation program for child care centers who wish to meet quality standards that go above and beyond basic licensing requirements.
1313 L Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20005
Find Child Care: families.naeyc.org/find-quality-child-care
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 early care and education programs.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
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