Become a Licensed Family Child Care Program

Family Child Care Pre-Licensing Services

Action for Children offers pre-licensing assistance and training to Family Child Care (FCC) professionals in Franklin and Licking Counties who are interested in becoming state licensed through the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services (ODJFS). Our child care pre-licensing services make the process as easy as possible.

Outside of Franklin or Licking Counties? Click here for pre-licensing recourses.

What is Family Child Care?

Family Child Care (FCC) programs are an essential part of the child care community and these early child care and education programs are operate directly from a child care professional’s home. Getting your Family Child Care program licensed through ODJFS Licensed Family Child Care programs allows you to receive a range of funding and supports, Publicly Funded Child Care (PFCC) dollars in addition to privately paid customers, and be accredited and participate in the Step Up To Quality star rating system.

Why Start a Family Child Care Program?
  • Be your own boss and run a business from the comfort of your own home
  • Positively impact families and children at a critical point in their lives
  • Help prepare children for school and life
  • Serve your immediate neighborhood and community
Interested in Becoming a Licensed Family Child Care Program?

Action for Children support services include:

  • An asynchronous pre-licensing course
  • One-time overview sessions
  • Access to complimentary mandatory health & safety training
  • Dedicated technical assistance & coaching staff

Barbara Burden, Family Child Care Provider

“I was interested in opening my own business, and I love teaching children . . . so [starting a Family Child Care program] was the best direction for me. Being the owner and CEO of your own business allows many opportunities for you and your business to grow endlessly. My child care business is an officially licensed program, in my home, performing excellent professional work, and there are resources like Action for Children, OCCRRA and other organizations that provide us with the tools to enhance our business. I encourage others that have an interest in childcare to take advantage of this field!” -Barbara Burden, Family Child Care Provider

- Barbara Burden, Family Child Care Provider

Get Started

Ready to start the process, or have a question we didn’t answer? Get in touch with Action for Children today!

Funding for Action for Children’s pre-licensing services are provided by the Franklin County Department of Job & Family Services and the United Way of Licking County.