Lorain County Job & Family Services

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Frequently Asked Questions

What age range is child care provided for?

  • Ages 0-13
  • If there are special needs as determined by a physician, children ages 13-18 may also be eligible

Is there a limit to the number of hours my provider can watch my children each day?

  • Yes, a provider can only be paid for a maximum of 18 hours per day

I work third shift. Can the Department of Job and Family Services pay for a child care provider while I sleep?

  • Sleep time is determined on a case-by-case basis, but not to exceed 8 hours per day

I am unemployed and looking for work. Will you pay for child care during this time?

  • No. In order to receive subsidized child care, the care must be provided while you are at work, school, or participating in an OWF program.

I only use child care 2 days in the month. Do I still owe the entire co-payment (fee)?

  • If the cost of child care for the month is less than the co-payment, you pay the actual cost of care to your provider

What are the income guidelines to receive child care?

Income Guidelines Effective 10/1/2023 

I want to be certified as a child care provider with Lorain County Department of Job and Family Services. What do I have to do, and how long will it take?

  • Contact the LCDJFS Child Care Provider supervisor at (844) 640-6446
  • Several documents, like fingerprint cards and references, need to be submitted to us and reviewed for approval. A background check is run, and a home inspection is completed
  • The average length of time for certification is 12 weeks

Will you pay someone to come into MY home and care for my children?

  • No

Can I take my children to a Day Care Center?