Things to Consider


Licensed providers are limited to caring for 6 children at any time. No more than 3 of the 6 children may be under age 2. Your own children count toward the limit until they reach age 6. The limit includes children you enroll on a private pay basis in addition to those enrolled through the Clark County Department of Job and Family Services.

Pay Rate

Payment is received from Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). Your rates will be based on full or part-time care and the age of the children.


As an in-home childcare provider, you will be considered self-employed. Clark County Department of Job and Family Services does not withhold taxes, social security, etc. All earnings for your childcare services are reported to the IRS. You must file taxes as a business.

Parental Choice

Parents select their child care provider from a list of licensed providers through interviews with providers. We cannot guarantee that you will have children of CCDJFS customers to care for once you are licensed.


Background Check

All adult residents of the childcare provider’s home must submit to fingerprinting for a criminal background check from both BCI and FBI.

Please refer to the Statement of Nonconviction for a list of criminal convictions that disqualify candidates for licensure. Candidates also will be disqualified if a child has been removed from their home pursuant to section 2151.353 of the Ohio Revised Code or for any substantiated cases of child abuse or neglect.

Education Requirements

Childcare providers are required to have a high school diploma or GED. 


Persons or organizations interested in becoming a licensed child care provider, contact our licensing specialist:

  • 937-327-1817