ABOUT PUBLICALLY FUNDED CHILD CARE

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) offers financial assistance to eligible parents to pay for child care while they engage in work or approved school or training activities. The agency is also responsible for regulating home-based child care settings and for licensing and inspecting child care facilities. Every day in Ohio, more than 250,000 children under the age of 6 are cared for in settings outside the home that are certified or licensed by ODJFS.

Of those children in regulated child care, approximately 103,000 each month receive financial assistance. Publicly funded child care not only allows low-income parents to find and keep jobs, but it ensures that their children will have access to early care and education programs they need to succeed in school. Warren County Department of Human Services determines family eligibility for publicly funded child care services.

Child care payments can only be made to Licensed or Certified Child Care providers.

Child care providers may be Centers or Home Based Providers. Parents may choose from providers currently licensed by the State Department of Human Services or currently certified by CDFS as Professional Type B Home Providers. Another option would be to have a friend or relative certified by CDFS to watch just your children.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE?
HOW DO I FIND A CHILD CARE PROVIDER IN MY AREA?
HOW DO I BECOME A PROVIDER?
Visit http://jfs.ohio.gov/cdc/childcare.stm for more information.

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