TEMPORARY LICENSING PROCEDURES TO ADDRESS COVID-19 PANDEMIC

March 18, 2020

5101: 2-12-02.1- Temporary Pandemic Child Care Center License Rule

JFS 01258 “Application for Temporary Pandemic Child Care Center License”- This is a new form to apply for a temporary pandemic childcare license. This form can be used by existing ODJFS-licensed childcare centers when designated as an emergency childcare location as well as new programs applying for temporary pandemic childcare system license.

Programs willing to provide service for parents employed providing health, safety and other essential services during the pandemic should complete the JFS 01258 and submit it to mailto:ODJFS_CHILDCARE@jfs.ohio.gov as soon as possible.

If the application is approved, ODJFS will issue a letter notifying the pandemic childcare center of the license approval and approved capacity. Both new and existing programs can apply for temporary license with anticipation of an impending childcare closure.

Entities working to open a new temporary pandemic childcare center should explore partnership with locations such as hospitals, churches, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA/YWCA organizations and existing providers as possible locations for temporary settings.

JFS 01259 “Pandemic Child Care Center Child Enrollment Addendum”- This form is to document how the child’s parent meets the requirement of providing health and safety services as defined by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS).

Child Care Payment During Closure

At the time childcare programs must close the Department will establish a weekly payment which reflects a historical weekly payment for the program and provide it weekly through the duration of the closure, or as long as funds allow. At the time a closure occurs ODJFS will provide additional information on the payment structure.