Preschool Licensing

The New Ohio Child Licensing and Quality System is here!
ALL preschool and school-age child care licensing and Step Up To Quality functions must be done in the new Ohio Child Licensing and Quality System (OCLQS)
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Ohio Department of Education is responsible for licensing preschool programs (birth-age 5 not in kindergarten) operated by public schools, eligible community schools, educational service centers, boards of developmental disabilities, and chartered nonpublic schools with multiple grades above kindergarten following Chapter 3301-37 of the Administrative Code Preschool Rules 1-12 (effective date 7/03/2014)

To “operate” a program means being directly responsible for the day to day planning, organizing, and managing of the program. That is, “fiscal agent” and “location” do not determine jurisdiction.

A preschool operated by an entity that is not listed above should contact the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (1-877-302-2347) for program licensing information.


Last Modified: 4/13/2017 1:13:00 PM