Becoming a Child Care Provider


If you have an interest in providing quality child care for children, we would like to hear from you. The Ashland County Department of Job & Family Services may have an opportunity for you to begin a career in child care. Certified Care Providers are needed for families participating in the subsidized child care program. Some basic requirements to become certified are:

  • Must be 18 years of age.
  • Providers and other adult household members over 18 years of age must be fingerprinted and complete an ACSD, BCI and FBI background and criminal records checks.
  • Verification of completion of a high school education, a high school diploma or general education development (GED).
  • A medical statement for the family child care provider applicant that meets the requirements.
  • "Plan of Operation for Child Care" and any necessary attachments.
  •  "Statement of Nonconviction for Child Care" for the applicant and each person age 18 or older residing in the family child care home.
  • "Request for Child Abuse and Neglect Report Information for Child Care" for the applicant and all adult residents of the type B home provider.
  • Fire inspection approval by the state fire marshal or local fire safety inspector, for type A home providers.
  • "Owner's Authorized Representative/Partnership Form for Child Care" for type A home providers.
  • Articles of incorporation, if applicable, for type A home providers.
  • Written zoning approval, for type A home providers.
  • Reside in the home where the care is being provided.

Providers must complete required training:

  • First Aid
  • CPR
  • 6 Hours of Child Abuse Recognition and Prevention
  • Communicable Diseases

If you would like to learn more, please contact the Ashland County Department of Job & Family Services at (419) 282-5000 or toll free at 1-800-589-8141 and ask to speak with the Child Care Provider worker who will be able to answer your questions.