Choosing Child Care

Connecting with Central Ohio Child Care Programs

Are you looking for child care for your infant, toddler, preschooler, or school-age child? Our trained Family Engagement Specialists will work with you to understand your needs and complete a customized search for care options that meet your family’s unique needs. We offer several flexible options to guide you through the process of locating and researching child care options. Please note that Action for Children does not license, recommend, endorse, guarantee, control or regulate any child care resource provided; this is a referral service only.

Start Your Search Today

This is our most comprehensive search option and allows you to ask questions about specific needs such as transportation, special needs care, special programs offered and so much more. To speak one on one with a Family Engagement Specialist, Monday through Friday 9am-4:30pm, call 614-224-0222 and choose option 1. No time to chat?  Fill out our online form by clicking the link below and request a search today from one of our specialists.

Online Search

Use our online child care search tool to find child care in your area. This search option allows you to search as a guest or create an account to save your results and log back in any time to review your account. You may log in as a guest, or create an account to save your preferences and results. To log in as a guest:
  • Click on “Login as a Guest”
  • Click on “Search for Programs”

If you have used the search before, but have forgotten your password, click “Request Password.”

Online Child Care Search


Quick Search Interactive Map

Our interactive map allows you to perform a quick and easy search to see an overview of licensed child care programs with contact information. Results are not saved, but can be downloaded from the map.

Search Interactive Map

Find a Child Care Program That Works for You

Choosing child care can be challenging. That’s why we are committed to helping parents just like you take the guesswork out of choosing quality child care. Once you have your customized list of child care options, these resources can help you make the best choice for you and your family.

Alternative Care Options & Tips to Overcome Challenges in Your Search

Reach Out

For any further questions about the process of finding quality child care, please reach out to Action for Children today.