Child Care assistance is provided to an eligible parent(s) while on the way to self sufficiency. Child care is available to eligible children in a safe, quality environment. Furthermore, child care is available for low income working parent(s) or parent(s) enrolled in an approved work or training program. The service options for child care include:
- Family Child Care (Type B Providers) - Care is provided by a single provider for up to six (6) children in the provider’s home.
- Subsidized Center Based Child Care - Care is provided to larger groups of children in a day care center setting. Children are separated by age and staff is assigned to care for a group.
- Early Learning Initiative (ELI) - Child care and educational services are provided to three (3), four (4) and five (5) years olds in a center setting.
The income guidelines (Federal Poverty Levels) for financially eligible families may vary from 150%, 165%, 185% to 195% depending upon the service option the child care customer makes application for and is eligible to receive. For further information on program eligibility please call (330) 740-2600, ext 8695 or you may visit http://jfs.ohio.gov/CDC/.
WHEN YOU APPLY FOR CHILD CARE YOU MUST:
Complete and sign the child care application.
If you are not on public assistance you must include your social security cards and birth certificates for all household members.
You must provide an employer letter stating your income and hours you work.
If you attending school you must submit your school schedule.
You must interview a prospective provider and provide their name on your application. To select a provider you may access: http://jfs.ohio.gov/CDC/ (select classic search).
To make application for child care assistance at this site:
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Applications can also be mailed to P.O. Box 600, Youngstown, Ohio, 44501-0600, dropped off at Oakhill Renaissance Place, 345 Oakhill Ave, Youngstown, Ohio, 44502 or faxed to 330-740-2617.
PROVIDER CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
Mahoning County does offer an orientation program for the certification of providers that meet the standards for professional certification in accordance with Chapter §5101:2-14 of the Administrative Code. For more information on this program you may contact 330-740-2600 extension 8695.