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Daycare License Requirements for Ohio

Worker requirements

Must be at least 18 years old and have a high school education or have completed a training program approved by the Department of Human Services. Such approved programs include a vocation education home economics course or a Child Care Job Training Program for Adults which must include completing 5 required and 3 elective courses for a total of 160 hours.

Provider / Child Ratio

Age Range Ratio For Center-based Care
Infants(1:5) and (1:6)
Toddlers(1:7) and (1:8)
Preschool(1:12) and (1:14)
School age(1:18) and (1:20)
Mixed age groupration for youngest child in group


Age Range Ratio For Family Child Care
All ages(1:6)[includes providers children under 6 years of age; and no more than 3 may be under 2 years of age]


Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
Bureau of Child Care and Development
255 East Main Street, 3rd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-5222
Phone: 614-466-1043
Fax: 614-466-0164 or 614-728-6803
Web site:


Licensing for child care centers

Licensing for family care homes

Ohio Child Care Associations:

Ohio Association of Child Care Providers – OACCP