Frequently asked questions about
operating a child care center

Thinking about opening and operating a child care center?
There is a lot of detail to opening a child care center. Ohio4Kids has trained staff to help. We’ll help you through facility planning, seeking funding, applying for a license, and planning your program. We will continue to help you with resources to make your business a success. For a complete listing of the child care licensing rules visit:

Who can own and operate a child care center?
Anyone can become the owner of a child care center. However, if you would like to be the child care administrator for the program, there are requirements that you need to meet. For a complete listing of the qualifications and responsibilities required to become a child care center administrator visit:

What skills do I need to become a child care center administrator?
This person needs to have a strong commitment to children and families and knowledge of child development, nutrition, organization skills and basic understanding of business management. You must be able to hire staff and communicate with staff and parents.

How do I get started?
Contact Ohio4Kids at 800-577-2276 or email us. Our staff will provide you free information on how to begin. We can help you get started and assist you as your business grows.