Child Care

About Child Care
Assistance is provided to subsidize the cost of child care to eligible families with children under age 13 whose parent/caretaker(s) are employed, attending school or cooperating with their self-sufficiency contract. The Ashtabula County Department of Job and Family Services also certify professional home care providers and parent/provider inspected homes.

Pregnancy Related Services

Early Learning Initiatives


This site helps you locate Ohio child care information anywhere in the state. It is designed to assist families, providers and other business and government agencies with links to important resources. This is a site that you should bookmark and visit on a regular basis – it has links for child care forms, rules, training sessions and new developments for child care in Ohio.
This eManuals website is where child care licensing rules can be found. All rules are available here, as well as all child Care Manual Transmittal Letters and Child Care Manual Procedure Letters, which are the letters that accompany any changes to rules or forms, or letters that announce changes in procedures. Child care forms are found in the appendix.
This is the “Forms Central” website. It has a searchable database that can be accessed through the title of the form or the JFS form number. This is the best site to access, view and print child care forms.
Any rule or form that is proposed to be created or amended has to go through the clearance process. Clearance is the opportunity for the public and department staff to review the information and make suggestions, corrections or provide opinions. This website allows the user to view any proposed changes to rules or forms currently in the clearance process and to enter comments. The clearance process usually lasts two weeks. Child care-related issues would be viewed under “Children and Family Services.”
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). This is the website of the American Academy of Pediatrics – an organization of 60, 000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults. whether you are looking for general information related to child health or for more specific guidelines concerning a pediatric issue, you will find information regarding the Academy’s many programs and activities; policy statements and practice guidelines, publications and other child health resources and much more. The information comes from the nation’s leading child health experts who have scientific research supporting their recommendations. Additionally, AAP publishes a monthly newsletter for child care providers. This newsletter can be accessed at:
This website on autism offers helpful information on how to view and measure a child’s developmental growth. The usual measures of height and weight are important, but from birth to five years, a child should also reach milestones in how he plays, learns, speaks and acts. A delay in any of these areas could signal a developmental problem, even autism. The good news is, the earlier a problem is recognized, more can be done to help a child reach her full potential.
The Center for Evidence-Based Practice: Young Children with Challenging Behavior is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs to raise the awareness and implementation of positive, evidence-based practices and to build an enhanced and more accessible database to support those practices.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15, 000 types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard or can injure children. The CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals – contributed significantly to the 30% decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years. A complete list of all recalled items is found on this website.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) promotes excellence in early childhood education.
Reducing the risk of rollover crashes in 15-passenger vans.
The Ohio Child Care Resource & Referral Association (OCCRRA) promotes the positive development of all children, especially those in out-of-home care and learning environments. OCCRRA’s membership consists of resource and referral agencies providing services to families, early childhood professionals, and communities throughout Ohio. Each member agency maintains a regional database of child care providers, provides families with information on how to select care, increases the quality effectiveness of providers by offering professional development opportunities, and provides information to policy and decision makers. Information is available here about accessing free training from the Child Care Health and Nutrition Consultants. Additionally Child Care Health Consultants (CCHC), who are registered nurses, are available in every Ohio county to assist child care providers with general health and safety issues. CCHCs can provide information about illnesses and health conditions such as diabetes and asthma and can consult on children’s immunizations or specific care plans for children with special health care needs, but can provide information on how a family can obtain health insurance, if applicable, and how to locate pediatric services.
The Ohio Department of Education. Specifically, Early Learning Content Standards, will provide you with a direct link to the Early Learning Content Standards.
Ohio Department of Health (ODH). This is the main website for information on ODH programs such as food safety, community health care, WIC, immunizations and flu information.
The Ohio Afterschool Network (OAN) serves as a vehicle to positively impact afterschool environments in Ohio. A number of systems and stakeholders, including policymakers, educators, parents and service providers participate in OAN and work to assure that all Ohio families have access to high quality afterschool experiences.
Help Me Grow is a program for Ohio’s expectant parents, newborns, infants and toddlers that provide health screenings and health and developmental services so children start school healthy and ready to learn. Help Me Grow provides the building blocks for success for Ohio’s families.
NPPS is the leader in research, training and development of S.A.F.E. play areas! NPPS’ mission is to help the public create safe and developmentally appropriate play environments for children.
Resources for Early Childhood, an online resource for Ohio.
Zero to Three’s mission is to support the healthy development and well-being of infants, toddlers and their families. This is a national nonprofit multidisciplinary organization that informs, educates and supports adults who influence the lives of infants and toddler.