How to Apply

Applicants must be working, attending school, or in an approved work activity to qualify for child care.

Applying for child care services through Fairfield County Job and Family Services requires you to complete both an application and to submit verification documents. Please read the following information carefully to ensure your application is processed as quickly as possible. Please note it may take up to 30 days to complete your application. We complete cases in the order they are received and when all verification documents have been received.

Note: If you are completing an annual redetermination of Child Care benefits and have misplaced the application mailed to you, or never received your application, please complete the Redetermination Application and return it with current verification documents before the annual review deadline. If you missed your annual review deadline, please follow the instructions below to apply for services.

Step 1: Complete the Child Care Application Packet

To apply you MUST complete the following and return to hold the application date

You may also need to submit the following documents depending on circumstances:

  • Proof of all income (employment, child support, disability, unemployment, etc)
  • Birth Certificates for all children needing care
  • Official school schedule

Step 2: Return the Packet to FCJFS

To ensure prompt receipt of documents

Fax to:

(740) 689-4848

You may also return the packet either in person or by mail to:
Fairfield County Job and Family Services
Attn: Child Care
239 West Main Street
Lancaster, Ohio 43130

[email protected]

Step 3: Supply any additional information requested

When you apply for child care services, you may not have submitted enough information to complete the application. A caseworker will be in touch with you to ask for additional documentation. You must supply that information to Child Care within 30 days from the date your application was submitted or your application will be denied.

A denial notice officially informs you that you are NOT eligible for the program. An approval notice informs you that you are eligible for the program.