Child Care Center Rules
5101:2-12-02 Application and Amendments for a Child Care Center License
Effective Date: October 29, 2017
Most Current Prior Effective Date: December 31, 2016

Appendix A - Required Documents During the Application Process

(A)    What is the application process to establish or operate a licensed child care center?

The owner or owner's representative shall:

(1)    Complete a professional registry profile through the Ohio professional registry (OPR) at

(2)    Register online through the OPR and complete the required orientation training. The orientation training shall have been taken within the two years prior to application for a license.

(3)    Complete an initial application online in the Ohio child licensing and quality system (OCLQS) at and submit the fee of five hundred dollars to the Ohio department of job and family services (ODJFS).

(a)    The application fee submitted with an application is nonrefundable and shall not be credited or transferred to any other application.

(b)    The application is considered filed with the ODJFS as of the date it is received electronically and the payment has cleared.

(c)    The application will be deleted from the system after one hundred and twenty days if the fee payment is not received.

(d)    Any application submitted without complete and accurate information will need to be amended with complete and accurate information before being licensed.

(e)    The application will be deleted and the fee forfeited if the center is not ready to be licensed after twelve months.

(B)    What additional items shall be submitted during the application process?

The items listed in appendix A to this rule are required and shall be completed and submitted prior to licensure.

(C)    Does the child care center license need to be posted and where should it be posted?

(1)    The license shall be posted.

(2)    The license shall be visible to parents at all times.

(D)   Can a child care center license be issued to an address that is currently licensed as a family child care provider?

A child care center license shall not be issued to any address that is currently a family child care provider.

(E)    Will the license be a continuous license?

The license shall be a continuous license unless:

(1)    The center is in the provisional period pursuant to rule 5101:2-12-06 of the Administrative Code.

(2)    The center moves to a new address and does not propose a change of location amendment pursuant to paragraph (F) of this rule.

(3)    The owner of the center changes and a new application for licensure is not submitted pursuant to paragraph (A) of this rule.

(4)    The center voluntarily surrenders the license by notifying the ODJFS in writing.

(5)    It is revoked pursuant to rule 5101:2-12-05 of the Administrative Code.

(F)    What is the process to change or amend a license?

(1)    The center shall log on to and submits a request and all applicable documents.

(2)    What information can be amended on an existing license?

(a)    Name of administrator.

(b)    License capacity.

(c)    Change of location of the program.

(3)    What is the timeline for requesting an amendment?

(a)    For a change in administrator, the center shall request the amendment within five days of the administrator's last day and submit qualifications for the new administrator within thirty days.

(b)    For a change in capacity, the center shall request and be approved for the amendment prior to serving additional children.

(c)    For a change in location, the center shall request the amendment at least thirty days prior to the last day at the current location. Failure to request within thirty days may result in a gap of care. Care shall not begin until the license has been transferred to the new location.

(4)    What are the requirements if a center wants to permanently move to a different location?

The center shall:

(a)    Comply with paragraph (F)(3)(c) of this rule.

(b)    Submit a fee of two hundred fifty dollars in OCLQS thirty days prior to the proposed move.

(c)    Comply with an inspection at the new location and any applicable determinations of license capacity for the new location.

(d)    Submit all required compliance materials prior to licensure at the new location.

(e)    Cease child care operations at the original center location at the time the license is issued for the new address.

(5)    What are the requirements if a center needs to temporarily provide care in a different location?

(a)    If the center is temporarily unable to provide care in the licensed location because the location has been deemed unsafe for care of children by the building department, fire department, local health department, local law enforcement or other government agency, the center may request to temporarily provide care in a new location.

(i)     The center shall send a written request to ODJFS and comply with an inspection of the temporary location prior to providing care at the temporary location.

(ii)    The written request shall include written documentation from the government agency that deemed the location to be unsafe for care of children and shall include the plan and timeline for addressing the needs of the licensed location.

(iii)    Prior to resuming care at the licensed location, the center shall provide written approval to ODJFS from the government agency that has deemed the location safe to resume care of children.

(b)    If the center is unable to return to the licensed location within ninety days, the center shall follow the process for a permanent change of location pursuant to paragraph (F)(4) of this rule.

(G)   How shall an administrator, owner or owner's representative request a voluntary temporary closure status for a license of a child care center?

(1)    The administrator, owner or owner's representative shall submit in writing to ODJFS the temporary closure status.

(2)    The temporary closure status shall not exceed twelve months.

(3)    The center shall not serve any children during the temporary closure status.

(4)    The center may be required to comply with an inspection prior to the end of the temporary closure status and prior to serving children again.

(5)    If at the end of the twelve months, the center has not requested in writing to reinstate the license or is not able to be re-opened, the ODJFS may close the license without hearing rights afforded by Chapter 119. of the Revised Code.

(H)   What information shall the center keep current in OCLQS?

(1)    Mailing address.

(2)    Telephone number.

(3)    Email address.

(4)    Days and hours of operation.

(5)    Services offered.

(6)    Name of program.

(I)     What information shall the center keep current in the provider portal?

Private pay rates shall be kept current in the provider portal.

(J)     What if an individual listed as an owner on the JFS 00598 "Owner's Authorized Representative/Partnership Form for Child Care" (rev. 10/2015) changes?

The center shall complete an updated JFS 00598 and submit to the ODJFS within thirty days of the change.

Effective: 10/29/2017

Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 12/31/2021


Date: 10/12/2017

Promulgated Under: 119.03

Statutory Authority: 5104.015

Rule Amplifies: 5104.015, 5104.03, 5104.01

Prior Effective Dates: 3/1/81, 6/1/84, 4/1/85, 9/1/86, 1/1/90, 1/2/92 (Emer.), 4/1/92, 4/1/03, 9/1/07, 3/1/09, 7/1/10, 9/29/11, 4/1/14, 11/22/15, 12/31/16