We educate and support the adults who care for young children in Southwest Ohio, the Miami Valley and Kentucky.


Interested in starting a child care center?

There's more to starting a center than finding the right building to house your new program! Before you consider starting a child care center, ask yourself these seven questions:

  1. Do I view myself as a leader?
  2. Do I have business experience (selling, managerial, bookkeeping)?
  3. Do I have considerable experience caring for children?
  4. Do I accept all children and feel a deep committment to children and their families?
  5. Am I willing to work long hours when necessary?
  6. Do I feel confident in my ability to delegate, budget, motivate, guide and coach staff?
  7. Am I committed to establishing a child care center where professional training and growth will be encouraged?

Adapted from United States Small Business Administration. Quality Child Care Makes Good Business Sense, 1989. and Bloom, P.J. The Director's Toolbox: From the Inside Out, The Power of Reflection and Self-Awareness, 2007.

Want to learn more?

Attend "Starting an Early Care and Education Program: Making Your Dream a Reality"

Have you always wanted to start your own child care program, but weren’t sure where to begin? We’ll help you assemble all the resources you need for owning and operating your dream program! In this session, you will put your vision for an early childhood program in writing—including your philosophy and business plan. You’ll discover marketing options and create a marketing plan to highlight your unique selling points, and you’ll even learn how to prepare a start-up budget!

Register for the next session of this workshop by clicking a date below:

How to Get Started

In Ohio

Visit the the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) website for more information on the licensing process in Ohio.

ODJFS offers two Child Care Licensing Orientation Sessions before beginning the child care center licensing process. One is hosted by 4C and the other is hosted at the ODJFS training location. Check the Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral Association (OCCRRA) Professional Registry for both of these session dates and locations.

Contact Paige Runion, 513-758-1329 with questions.

In Kentucky

Visit the Kentucky Division of Regulated Child Care website for information on the regulations for child care programs in Kentucky.

Contact the Health and Safety Coach in your county with questions.