Interested in becoming a family child care provider?

With more than half of all children in some form of child care before their first birthday, and 60 percent of children under age 6 in non-parental care on any given weekday, it becomes important that there are enough high-quality early care and learning programs. Many families receive child care from caregivers who offer it in their home. 4C offers support for people who are interested in providing child care in their home in several ways:

  • Professional Development. 4C offers a range of classes related to the care and education of young children. See the full list of classes here.
  • Parent Referrals. 4C maintains a free list of all licensed programs within the regions that we serve. Parents contacting 4C are given names of providers who may be able to meet their child care needs.
  • 4C Child Nutrition Program (Ohio only). Family child care providers participating in this program receive financial reimbursement for providing children in their care with healthy, well-balanced meals. Find more information on the 4C Child Nutrition Program here.
  • Market information. 4C provides updates and information related to the need for child care in the region, changes in standards and market rates.

How to Apply

In Ohio

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) requires applicants starting a child care program to complete an online pre-licensing training.

Additionally, 4C for Children offers face-to-face workshops to share important information and resources you need to be successful! Search the Ohio Professional Registry for Starting a Child Care Program workshop dates at 4C for Children locations.

Visit the ODJFS website for more information on the requirements, rules and licensing process in Ohio. Contact Julie Cloyd, 513-758-1231, with questions.

In Kentucky

Visit the Kentucky Division of Regulated Child Care website for information on the regulations for child care programs in Kentucky.

Contact the Health and Safety Coach in your county with questions.