There are two types of family child care providers in Ohio.
Type A Family Child Care Home: These homes must be licensed through the state of Ohio to care for 7-12 children in a providerâ€™s home with 2 caregivers.
Type B Family Child Care Home: These homes are not currently licensed; however, by Ohio law, the provider can care for up to 6 children at one time with no more than 3 children under the age of 2 years. The providerâ€™s own children count in the ratio if they are under 6 years old. All non relative children count until they are 15 years old.
Providers who are registered with Action for Children or certified with county departments of Job & Family Services are Type B homes.
Action for Children offers a registration program to potential family child care providers in Franklin, Delaware, Madison, and Union counties in Ohio.
By registering with Action for Children, you will be connected to:
To become a registered provider with Action for Children, you must:
Those who have not lived in Ohio for the past 5 consecutive years must also complete a FBI record check
BCI and FBI fingerprint and background checks are available at Action for Children's Columbus offices and also available at other locations. Click here for more information.
To get details on becoming a registered family child care provider, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also phone our offices:
Franklin County: 614-224 0222
Delaware County: 740-369 0649
Union County: 937-645 2017
Madison County: 740-852-0975, ext. 15
TTD/Ohio Relay Services: 800-750 0750
You will be sent a cover letterÂ and an application formÂ with a return envelope.
Once you have completed the application and submitted it to Action for Children, a recruitment specialist will contact you to schedule a visit with you in your home.
At this visit, you will learn more about the steps for completing the registration process andÂ you will receive all necessary forms.
Thank you for you interest in Action for Children! We look forward to working with you in setting up the business of child care in your home.
As a family child care provider, the keys to success include organization, consistency, communication, reliability, and professionalism. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
Web-based resources for home child care providers:
National Network for Child Care
Red Leaf Press
National Association for Family Child Care Accreditation