Opening Your Day Care Step Five: Conducting Criminal Background Checks

Please note, 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.

For administrators and owners, please follow all instructions listed on Instructions for Processing Background Checks  and have those results sent directly to ODJFS.

All staff must have criminal check results sent directly to the center. Please follow the instructions listed on the link above, but do not select to have a Direct Copy sent to your day care center. (See Step 5 in the link above)

All results must be reviewed and approved before any day care staff can exercise care, custody, or control of any children.

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