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:


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    Ohio Association of Child Care Providers – OACCP

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