CCMTL 161 (2023 Update to Publicly Funded Child Care County Categories and Provider Payment Rates)
Child Care Manual Transmittal Letter No. 161
June 30, 2023
TO: All Child Care Manual Holders
FROM: Matt Damschroder, Director
SUBJECT: 2023 Update to Publicly Funded Child Care County Categories and Provider Payment Rates


The Child Care Development Block Grant Act of 2014 requires each state to complete a market rate survey (MRS) to be used in establishing rates for publicly funded child care. In 2022, in accordance with Chapter 5104. of the Ohio Revised Code, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) conducted the MRS through an electronic survey sent to all licensed providers to capture rate data by age category and time served (i.e., full time, part time, hourly). Cluster analysis identified three cluster groupings of rates indicating three distinct, county-based, market rate structures in Ohio.


ODJFS implemented new rates for publicly funded child care based on the 2022 MRS and federal guidance requiring base rates to be at or above the 25th percentile of the market. The new county categories and provider payment rates were drawn from discretionary funds to pay for services provided on or after July 2, 2023. Listed below are the counties that changed payment categories. Additionally, the new county categories and payment rates are on the attached appendix.






Defiance 2 3
Fayette 1 2
Guernsey 1 2
Hancock 2 3
Holmes 2 3


Rule 5101:2-16-10 has been amended to update Appendix A with the new rates.

Please contact the Child Care Policy Help Desk at 1-877-302-2347, option 4, if you have any questions.