Child care assistance is available to families during hours of employment and/or training. Eligibility is based on the family's monthly gross income and family size. Co-payments are determined according to income and family size. Costs above the family's co-payments are paid by Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
Child care services are available 1st, 2nd and 3rd shift. Parents choose who will be caring for their child. Options include a licensed child care center or a licensed child care provider.
Eligibility is based on income, family size and participation in a qualifying activity. A qualifying activity includes employment and training. An application will need to be completed and verification will need to be provided.
Applications can be obtained at the front desk of the Shelby County Department of Job and Family Services. Applications can also be obtained by calling 937-498-4981, select option 5, then option 5, and then option 1 to request an application via mail. The application is also available online at: www.odjfs.state.oh.us
Completed applications can be submited in person, via fax, or mailed to:
Shelby Co Department of Job and Family Services
227 South Ohio Avenue
Sidney, Ohio 45365
Fax Number: 937-498-7396
In person application submissions are accepted
M, W, TH, F, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Choosing Child Care
A list of licensed providers is available at the front desk of Shelby County Department of Job and Family Services. Or call
Select option 5, then option 5, and option 1
to request that a copy be mailed to you.
Step Up to Quality Rated Providers
Step Up to Quality is a rating system developed by Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and Ohio Department of Education to improve the quality of early care and education programs in Ohio. Programs receive star ratings based on meeting established criteria. For more information about Step Up to Quality go to www.jfs.ohio.gov
Parents/Caretakers of children who use publicly funded child care use a swipe card to record their child’s attendance where child care services are provided. Call 1-888-796-4322 to activate or replace a lost card. For more information about the swipe card or how to use it, go to:
For more information about childcare in Ohio, go to www.jfs.ohio.gov
For more information about the child care assistance program, please call
Select option 5 and then option 1