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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

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

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 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 Job and Family Services (ODJFS)

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. Their website also has information about affording day care and other useful links. 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.
30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(866) 635-3748

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