In our continued effort to support families in Central Ohio, we are offering Child Care Affordability Scholarships to families that attend licensed Child Care Centers in Franklin County.

Please note that funds are limited and will be awarded until all funds are exhausted. Eligible Franklin County Child Care Centers (Type-C) may receive scholarships for their families for up to six children. Eligible families may be awarded up to $300 a week per child in tuition assistance with funds paid directly to the Child Care Center from Action for Children via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).

In order for your Center (Type-C) to be eligible to apply for a Child Care Affordability Scholarship on behalf of your families, you must be currently operating under an ODJFS Child Care License in Franklin County and have at least one child enrolled. Families seeking scholarships must meet the following in order to be eligible for these funds. 1) Their child(ren) must attend your site 2) Their child(ren) cannot currently be receiving assistance through the Publicly Funded Child Care (PFCC) program and 3) Household/family income must be under 300% Federal Poverty Level.

Action for Children will be taking applications and accepting documents for a two week window from June 1st – June 14th, 2020. Afterwards, the online application will close and those centers that meet the requirements and have turned in all their documents will move on to assessing. The assessing period will take place for a week starting on June 15th, 2020. Centers will be notified of approval during the week of June 22nd 2020. Scholarships will be awarded for four weeks with the first payment sent to Action for Children’s fiscal department on Monday, June 29th 2020 and each Monday thereafter. Scholarships may be extended past four weeks if funds are available.

Please follow the instructions below to apply:

Complete the Child Care Affordability Scholarship Application;

Submit signed CCAS Release of Information and CCAS Income Verification for each family seeking scholarship along with the CCAS Weekly Enrollment Verification worksheet and a copy of your current tuition rates for each age group on provider letterhead to within the two-week application timeframe. Make sure you are only submitting up to six children for a scholarship.

To fill out and submit the Release of Information form(s):

  • Click on the file links above
  • Download the forms and print
  • Fill out as instructed and sign
  • Scan completed forms in ONE PDF FILE and save to your computer. Please use your Program Name and License Number as the file name of the scanned Release of Information Forms
  • Attach and submit forms to Please put your Program Name and Child Care License Number in the subject line of the email.

If approved to receive funds through a Child Care Affordability Scholarship, Action for Children will then email the family and provider to indicate approval and the amount of tuition assistance being granted. Providers will then be emailed the Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) Form, Child Care Affordability Scholarship Agreement and IRS W-9 form for signature. Providers will then complete the CCAS Enrollment verification weekly for the four-week scholarship timeframe. Please refer to the Child Care Affordability Scholarship Guidelines for more information.

Thank you for your interest in the Child Care Affordability Scholarships. If you have any questions regarding the scholarship, please send them to