Child Care Center/Type A Child Care

Step One: The Basics of a Child Care Center & Type A Day Care

Step One: The Basics of a Child Care Center & Type A Day Care Child Care and Type A day care centers permit seven or more children of any age. All CCC and Type A care centers must be licensed through the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services (ODJFS). - learn more

Step Two: Staffing and Qualifications for Your Day Care Center

Step Two: Staffing and Qualifications for Your Day Care Center There are specific requirements for staff levels and qualifications. - learn more

Step Three: Health, Safety, and Parental Rights

Step Three: Health, Safety, and Parental Rights Perhaps the most critical part of your success as a Child Care Center operator is diligently following the health and safety standards established by the State of Ohio. - learn more

Step Four: Obtaining Your Day Care Center License

Step Four: Obtaining Your Day Care Center License To obtain your child care center license, it is first strongly recommended that you attend the “How to Start” training session available at Action for Children, located at 78 Jefferson Ave., Columbus, OH 43215. AFC can be reached at (614) 224-0222. - learn more

Step Five: Conducting Criminal Background Checks

Step Five: Conducting Criminal Background Checks It is strongly encouraged that you and any potential employees complete this step as early as possible during the planning phase of your day care center. - learn more

Step Six: Acquiring Zoning, Building, Fire Division, and Columbus Public Health Approval

Step Six: Acquiring Zoning, Building, Fire Division, and Columbus Public Health Approval While you are completing the orientation training, it is strongly encouraged that you work on securing the approval for your facility from the City of Columbus’s Departments of Building and Zoning Services, the Fire Division, and Columbus Public Health. - learn more

Step Seven: Completing Your Day Care Center Application with ODJFS

Step Seven: Completing Your Day Care Center Application with ODJFS It is strongly encouraged that you and any potential employees complete this step as early as possible during the planning phase of your day care center. - learn more

Step Eight: Finding Funding to Get You Started!

Step Eight: Finding Funding to Get You Started! Your first step in finding any available grants or funds is to contact the Ohio Child Care Resource & Referral Association. - learn more

Final Step: Register Your Business with the Columbus Income Tax Division Once all previous steps have been completed, but before opening day, all businesses operating in the City of Columbus must register with the Columbus Income Tax Division. All businesses operating in Columbus must pay municipal taxes. - learn more