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Licensing & Accreditation

Action for Children

Provides child care and early learning information free of charge for parents, including parenting classes and information about choosing quality child care. Also assists people who operate home-based childcare. Their website provides free resources for people living in 7 central Ohio counties. Offers year-round parenting classes for parents with kids of all ages at many locations in Franklin and Delaware counties.

78 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-0222

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).
78 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-0222

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

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)

Their website has information about what is covered in the licensing law in Ohio, what must be regulated and additional standards. When checking on centers licensed by ODJFS, families can click to search for a center and then view their inspection report online or call. Centers are required to be inspected before they are licensed. Step Up to Quality (SUTQ) is a voluntary quality rating system for child care centers licensed by ODJFS. Each star means they have gone above and beyond minimum standards.
30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(866) 635-3748