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Child Care Licensing

In Home Child Care Providers

The Cuyahoga County Child Care Licensing Unit licenses and monitors all of the Family Child Care Providers in Cuyahoga County.  A licensed family child care provider is approved to care for up to 6 to 12 children at one time in their home.  A licensed provider must enter into an agreement with Ohio Dept. of Jobs & Family Services (ODJFS) to receive public funds for their child care services.

There are two types of Child Care Provider homes.  Type A Homes can care for up to 12 children at one time with additional staff, Type B Homes can only care for up to six.  Type A Homes also have to have city approvals including zoning, building and fire approvals.

For more information about becoming a licensed Type A or Type B provider, please call 216-987-8488,  email at

Child Care Provider Forms

State Forms

This link will take you to the section of the website that lists all of the State Forms and Rules

For More Information

Follow this link to the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services child care website for lots of information about child care in Ohio.

This website provides a wealth of information for families and providers including searching for child care providers in your area, and accessing information about provider inspections and complaints, Step Up To Quality Programs, Becoming a Licensed Family Child Care Provider and web based training. 

The website also contains information about the new statewide automated system,
Child Care Information Data System (CCIDS).