Become A Child Care Provider

If you want to provide child care services to families that are eligible for the publicly-funded child care program, you must be licensed. If you want to care for children not participating in this program, there is no need to become licensed.

Only applications for Type B Homes can be submitted through Richland County Job & Family Services (RCJFS). Richland County Job & Family Services will review the application, make a recommendation to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services for licensure, and inspect for ongoing compliance with licensure rules.

Type B Home Providers

Please review the following information to ensure you can meet the requirements before completing the application at the bottom.

How many children can be accepted?

Type B Home Providers are licensed to accept up to six children (of which three may be under 2 years old).

What are the qualifications?

To become a Type B provider you must:

  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Pass a home inspection
  • Pass local, FBI and BCI background checks for the provider, any adult living in the home, AND an identified emergency/substitute caregiver
  • Attend First Aid, CPR and Health and Safety trainings for the provider AND an approved emergency/substitute caregiver
  • Attend 6 hours of training annually to maintain licensure
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Not have been convicted of a violent crime
  • Provide child care services only in their home
  • Have a working land-line telephone
  • Pass a criminal background check

What could disqualify someone?

If you have a child between the ages of 12 and 17 who has been convicted of a violent crime or any other disqualifying criminal offenses (a list is available from Richland County Job & Family Services).

What are the rules for Type B Home Providers?

For a complete list of the rules Type B home providers must be aware of, please review the ODJFS Rules/Resources for Licensed Type B Home Providers.

How Are Type B Providers Paid?

As a licensed Type B child care provider you are:

  • Self-employed and enter into a provider agreement with ODJFS
  • Responsible for paying your own city, state and federal tax. Richland County Job & Family Services and Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) DO NOT withhold taxes from your paycheck.
  • Paid weekly

Your income will vary depending on the number of children in your care. You may accept private-paying children as long as you report these children to Richland County Job and Family Services and abide by the state and county rules and regulations.

Other important things you need to know:

  • Your home will be inspected at least twice a year. At least one of these inspections will be unannounced.
  • You must have a 6-hour break in your day. You cannot provide care 24 hours per day.
  • You may have other employment as long as your employment schedule does not conflict or interfere with your child care hours.

Application Information

To learn more about how to become a Type B Home Provider, or to apply, please review Applying to Become a Type B Home Child Care Provider

You can return the packet either in person or by mail to:

Richland County Job & Family Services
171 Park Avenue East
Mansfield, OH 44902

To help assure quality child care for families, Richland County Job & Family Services can License providers who care for up to six (of which 3 may be under 2 years old). If you want to provide child care services to families that are eligible for the state subsidized child care program, you must be licensed by the County.

Licensed Type B Home Providers must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Pass BCII and FBI background checks
  • Meet health and safety standards set forth by the state of Ohio
  • Your home will be inspected at least twice a year.
  • Complete Infant/Child CPR, First Aid, Health and Safety in Family Child Care Homes.
  • You will also need to complete 6 hours of training annually
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