Human Services

Become a Licensed Child Care Provider

Basic Application Requirements for a License
  • Must complete an orientation.
Professional Registry

Complete a professional registry profile for the family child care applicant through the Ohio professional registry (OPR) at


Register online through the OPR and complete the required orientation training. The orientation training shall have been taken within the two years prior to application for a license.

Application Fee

Complete an application online in the Ohio child licensing and quality system (OCLQS) at and submit an application fee to the Ohio department of job and family services (ODJFS).

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Medical examination completed.
  • Have at least six months experience in caring for a child twelve years or younger or have obtained at least thirty clock hours of documented training.
  • Complete a JFS01250 Plan of Operation for Child Care. Open Form Search
  • BCI and FBI checks shall be submitted for the applicant and all adults in the household.
  • A Public Children's Services background records check will be completed on the applicant and all adults in the household.
  • Applicant must be certified in First Aid and CPR. Have a current training in management of communicable diseases and six-hours child abuse recognition and prevention training.
Basic Home Requirements
  • At least 35 square feet per child of usable indoor floor space.
  • At least one working UL or FM smoke detector on each level of the home.
  • At least one working UL carbon monoxide detector on each level of the home.
  • At least one 1A:10BC fire extinguisher, located in the kitchen.
  • A first aid kit with the required supplies.
  • Child-proof protective cover for all electrical outlets in all areas of the home where children are present.
  • Equipment and materials for all age level of children that will be cared for.
  • Outdoor play space that has at least 60 square feet per child, with shade provided.
  • Smoking is NOT permitted when children are present.
  • Internet access and valid e-mail address.
  • The home shall be inspected by the county job and family services at least twice per year, announced or unannounced.
Useful Links
Family Child Care Rules
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How To Submit an Application
Type A Home
Type B Home
Orientation Information
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Muskingum County Job and Family Services supervises the county's public assistance, employment services, child care, and child support programs.