Preschool Licensing


The New Ohio Child Licensing and Quality System is coming!

Soon, ALL preschool and school-age child care licensing and Step Up To Quality functions will be done in the Ohio Child Licensing and Quality System (OCLQS). The Departments of Education and Job and Family Services will roll out this new system in January 2017.

After OCLQS is live, you will be able to use it for a variety of tasks, including the following:

  • Applying for a license;
  • Requesting change of capacity or location;
  • Sending Corrective Action Plans;
  • Registering for Step Up To Quality (SUTQ);
  • Submitting SUTQ annual reports;
  • Reviewing SUTQ and licensing inspection reports;
  • Uploading documentation;
Learn more at OCLQS Rollout Announcement.

Search for Licensed Preschool Programs 

This online search tool serves as a directory of preschool programs and school-age child care licensed by the Ohio Department of Education.

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Licensing Guide for Preschool Programs

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: 1/5/2017 3:16:15 PM