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Ohio Child Care Finder
Choosing Quality Child Care
Types of Child Care
Parent Resources

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Resources for Families

Finding affordable, quality child care that fits the unique needs of your child is a challenge! With many different program options, such as center-based or family child care, knowing what to look for and which questions to ask are vital to the selection process. That's why the YWCA Child Care Resource and Referral offers FREE and confidential consultations and referrals to all parents in need of child care services.

We help parents to:

  • Locate, evaluate, and select the best childcare that meets the needs of their child and family
  • Select the best care for children with special needs
  • Look for indicators of quality in a child care program

Ohio Child Care Finder

Our child care referral program is a FREE service to the community. All parent and child information is kept confidential. There are three different ways to get referrals.

  • Call the CCR&R office in your area Monday through Friday from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm
  • Submit a request for a child care search by sending an email to the office in your region
  • Complete an online search for child care by zip code with the below tool
Please remember that you can get a more detailed, customized child care referral when you call and talk to a parent specialist. 

Choosing Quality Child Care

The YWCA Child Care Resource and Referral knows that finding quality childcare is not easy. In fact, most parents often do not know the right questions to ask, nor do they know what to look for when visiting a child care facility. Always remember the best answer to selecting appropriate child care is to use your instincts. If the facility, staff or provider does not "feel" right, then it is probably not the best place for your child.

Here are a few guidelines to evaluate when considering a family child care home or a child care center for your child.

  • LOOK: Visit the home or center more than once and at different times
  • LOOK: Is the environment clean and safe?
  • LISTEN: How does the setting sound? Is there positive interaction? How does the provider greet you and your child?
  • ASK: Inquire about staff training, education, experience, and turnover rate
  • COUNT: What is the staff to child ratio?
  • FIND: What is the provider doing to improve or maintain quality child care?
  • ASK: What activities are offered to encourage family involvement? Are children allowed to bring items from home (toys, blankets, etc.)?

Click here to download a free guide to choosing quality child care.(PDF)

Types of Child Care

Currently, there are three types of child care providers that are certified or licensed through the State of Ohio.

  • Child Care Centers – Facilities are licensed and inspected by the State of Ohio at least once a year. The size of the center determines the number of children and the number of staff.
  • Type A Family Child Care Providers – Homes licensed by the State of Ohio to provide care for up to 12 children with two adults providing care.
  • Type B Family Child Care Providers – Homes that may be certified by the State of Ohio for up to six children. Type B homes are not required by the State of Ohio to be licensed.

Parent Resources

VROOM
Developmental Milestones
Early Education
Kindergarten Readiness
Advocacy
Resource Library
Baby T.A.L.K.
Dolly Parton Imagination Library

VROOM

VROOM is a free app that gives parents ideas for turning shared moments into brain building moments. Whether it's mealtime, bath time, or anytime in between, there are always ways to nurture our children's growing minds. Visit Vroom's Website

Developmental Milestones

It is important to know what developmental milestones are so that we can help children be successful. Please use the links below to learn more about these milestones and what you should look for at different ages.

Early Education

The Early Learning and Development Standards describe key concepts and skills that young children develop during the birth–to–five-year period. Their purpose is to support the development and well–being of young children and to foster their learning. The standards promote the understanding of early learning and development, provide a comprehensive and coherent set of expectations for children's development and learning, and guide the design and implementation of curriculum, assessment and instructional practices with young children. View these standards here

Kindergarten Readiness

What should children know before starting kindergarten? Information about Ohio's Kindergarten Readiness Assessment, as well as tips and checklists related to school readiness can be found at this link: http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Early-Learning/Kindergarten/Ohios-Kindergarten-Readiness-Assessment.

Advocacy

As a parent, there are many ways that you can be involved in supporting Ohio and it’s early childhood policymaking and systems building work. The YWCA CCR&R supports work that focuses on building a comprehensive and equitable early childhood system. Two websites that you can find further information: http://www.naeyc.org/policy/advocacy and http://www.buildinitiative.org/OurWork/StateandLocal.aspx

Resource Library

Need help with parenting strategies? Our Resource Library can help! We offer a variety of free resources and services to support parents, children and the community in the Resource Library. Each of our three offices offers a Resource Library but availability of items and hours of operation may vary by location. Contact your YWCA CCR&R location to schedule a visit or to reserve an item.

Baby T.A.L.K

Baby T.A.L.K

Baby T.A.L.K (Teaching Activities for Learning and Knowledge) is a program where a YWCA Specialist demonstrates and models interactive play based learning activities for the family to engage with one another. Each family receives a copy of a featured book, as well as written materials that support the modeled activity. The Baby TALK program also offers a parent gathering called Family Fun Times, where parents and their children come together with additional families to share in a literacy activity based on a preselected age appropriate book.

Dolly Parton Imagination Library (Allen County)

This program is committed to the education of children and families and is invested in increasing awareness of the importance of early literacy opportunities for our youngest learners. Partly funded through the United Way, the YWCA of Northwest Ohio has sent over 105,000 books to more than 2,800 children in Allen County since 2009!

For more information, call and speak to one of our specialists.
Toledo Region: 800.632.3052
Lima Region: 800.992.2916
Mansfield Region: 855.548.9598

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Disclaimer: YWCA Child Care Resource & Referral does not license, endorse, or recommend
any particular provider nor can assure you that any provider gives quality care. 

Mansfield Region: Serving Crawford, Marion, Morrow, and Richland Counties
Lima Region: Serving Allen, Auglaize, Hancock, Hardin, Mercer, Putnam, Van Wert, and Wyandot Counties
Toledo Region: Serving Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Paulding, Williams, and Wood Counties