Child Care

Helping to pay for child care is one of many supportive services provided by Wood County Department of Job and Family Services. The child care program provides assistance to eligible parents who use child care services while they work, attend school, or attend approved work training programs.

Gross monthly income must be at or below 130% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines in order to qualify financially. Families may be required to pay a weekly fee for child care services based on gross monthly income and family size. This fee is paid directly to the child care provider.

If you are interested in applying for child care assistance, the application is available below. We accept child care applications by fax, mail, in-person during regular business hours and through the agency’s outside drop-box. You must provide proof of all income (employment, child support, disability, unemployment, etc.) and birth certificates for all children needing care. If you need child care to attend school, you must provide a current official school schedule and transcripts from any post-secondary (college, university, etc.) attended. Additional verifications may be required.

Click the link, Application for Child Care Benefits to apply online for child care or call (419)352-7566 to request an application to be sent by mail. Applications are also available at the WCDJFS office.

There are different types of state licensed child care providers authorized by the Wood County Department of Job and Family Services to provide child care. These include:
• Child Care Centers
• Type A Homes: family child care licensed to care for up to 12 children at one time.
• Type B Homes: family child care licensed to care for up to 6 children at one time.

Click the link to search for more information on child care providers including inspection reports and contact information: Licensed Child Care Centers Search

If you are interested in becoming a licensed childcare provider, click the link below for the State of Ohio pre-licensing orientation and application process.


To report complaints concerning licensed child care providers:

Child Care Centers: Contact the Ohio Department of Job and Family Service Day Care Licensing staff at 1-877-302-2347.

Family Child Care: Type A and B Homes, call WCDJFS at 419-373-6972