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.

ODE licensed programs that receive Publicly Funded Child Care (PFCC) funds from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) will be required to participate in Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) by July 1, 2020.

Licensing Resources

Sample Forms



Last Modified: 6/26/2017 9:09:12 AM