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Child Care Providers

Certified Family Child Care Provider
To help assure quality child care for families, Fairfield County Job and Family Services can certify providers who care for six or fewer children in their home. If you want to provide child care services to families that are eligible for the state subsidized child care program, you must be certified by the County.

Individuals interested in becoming a Certified Family Child Care Provider, should contact the child care department to register for orientation.

Orientations are held quarterly for potential providers. The purpose of these orientations is to outline the certification process in more detail. You will receive the application and all the forms necessary to complete the certification process at orientation. Once you have completed the application paperwork, a child care specialist will contact you to schedule an interview and home inspection.

Certified Family Child Care Providers must:
• Be at least 18 years of age
• Have a high school diploma or GED
• Pass criminal background checks
• Not have been convicted of a violent crime
• Be in good physical, mental, and emotional health as verified by a physician
• Have a working land-line telephone
• Meet health and safety standards set forth by the state of Ohio

Other important things you need to know:
• Your home will be inspected at least twice a year.
• You cannot provide care 24 hours per day. You must have a 6-hour break in your day.
• You must complete a series of training classes including Infant/Child CPR, First Aid, Child Abuse and Neglect, Health and Safety in Family Child Care Homes, Child Growth and Development, and Communicable Diseases. You will also need to complete 10 hours of training annually.
• The maximum number of children permitted in a Type B home is six.

Additional provider resources including forms for providers.