Are you looking for child care for your infant, toddler, preschooler or school age child? Every day we help parents just like you take the guess work out of choosing a quality child care setting that fits your family’s specific needs.

Choosing the right child care and early learning experiences for your precious child takes time and we understand that this process can be overwhelming. That’s why at Action for Children, our Information and Referral team are dedicated to:

  • Helping you locate child care and early learning programs that fit your schedule in licensed family child care homes, preschools, child care centers and after-school programs;
  • Guiding you through the child care search process; and
  • Answering your questions about how to make a good choice in choosing child care for your child and your family.

Our services are free to families and all information obtained is kept confidential. While choosing child care can be challenging, we at Action for Children are here to help you make the best decision possible.

You can use our Take the Time and 5C Checklist (English) to help determine what to look for so that your child can have a safe, nurturing experience where he/she can learn and grow. We also have a Spanish 5C Checklist!

If you are ready to start your search for child care, contact us to access our comprehensive database of over 1600 providers in central Ohio who are licensed by The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services or The Department of Education.

This is a FREE service to families and all information used to complete a search is confidential. Start your search by:

Calling Us: Our Information and Referral team is available to take your calls Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Call locally, 614-224-0222 or call toll-free, 855-302-4453.

Emailing Us: Email your request for child care at

Conduct an Online Search:

Live Chat: Live chat your request with an AFC team member by clicking on the blue circle on your screen, or you can navigate to the contact page and click on the live chat feature.

*Action for Children does not license, recommend, endorse, guarantee, control or regulate any child care resource provided, this is a referral service only.