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Licensing & Accreditation

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

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

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).

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