Child Care


The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services offers financial assistance to eligible parents and caretakers to help them with child care costs while they engage in work, educations or job training. Families can be eligible to have all or part of their monthly child care expenses paid on their behalf

Parents and Caretaker are able to select from licensed providers and centers to meet the specific needs of the child and family. Providers and centers must meet health and safety training requirements to ensure that children and families have access to quality child care. 


  • Eligibility is based on gross income at or below 130% of the poverty level
  • Parents or Caretakers must be employed in school or job training
  • Parents or Caretakers receiving Ohio Works First cash assistance
  • Homeless
  • Required by a children's services case plan to have protective child care for children living in the home

To apply for child care benefits you can apply online at or  click here to complete the electronic application to submit to the agency.

To find a licensed provider click here.

Additional Resources related to child care click here.

Individuals eligible for, receiving services from or benefiting from programs funded by or through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) are protected by various laws, regulations, rules, and policies against unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, disability, political affiliation (food stamps only), age, sex, citizenship/ participant status (WIOA Programs only) and national origin. If you believe that you have been denied or delayed services for which you are eligible because of your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, political affiliation (food stamps only), disability or age, you must file your complaint within six months of the date on which the incident or treatment happened. You may call the Bureau of Civil Rights to submit your complaint, or you may submit your complaint in writing. If the complaint is submitted by telephone you can call (614) 644-2703 or Toll Free 1-866-227-6353.

General Information
Child Protection Unit
Child Support Enforcement Agency
OhioMeansJobs: Clinton County’s Employment and Training Center
Phone Numbers
Emergencies: Dial 911
1025 S. South Street

Monday - Friday
7:30am - 4:30pm