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?

All eligibility is determined through an application process with the CDJFS. Case reviews will be conducted every 12 months to assess income changes or other changes that may impact eligibility. Applications are available at

For questions regarding your child care case please call either 513-695-1444 or 513-695-1447.

You may also submit questions or verifications to the childcare email address at Warre_cdhs_childcare@jfs.ohio.gov.

HOW DO I FIND A CHILD CARE PROVIDER IN MY AREA?

To find a child care provider in your area please visit http://childcaresearch.ohio.gov.

HOW DO I BECOME A PROVIDER?

DO YOU ENJOY CARING FOR CHILDREN AND WISH TO CONTRIBUTE POSITIVELY TO THE EDUCATION AND CARE OF CHILDREN IN YOUR COMMUNITY?

Become Certified

The Warren County Department of Human Services is responsible for recruiting and certifying day care providers. Many types of child care providers are sought:

  • Type B Homes can service‚Äôs up to six (6) approved children.
  • Limited Providers may be A certified by completing an interview with a family who has been approved by CDFS for child care.
  • Day care centers

A quality training program has been established to give providers the knowledge needed to provide excellent child care service to the families they serve. Applicants wishing to be certified as a Type B provider are required to attend training, while those wishing to be Limited providers are invited to attend even though it is not a requirement for Limited certification.

YOU MAY CALL 513-695-1447 OR 513-695-1444 FOR INFORMATION ON BECOMING A DAY CARE PROVIDER OR VISIT HTTP://OCLQS.FORCE.COM to apply online.

Visit http://jfs.ohio.gov/cdc/childcare.stm for more information.
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