5104.03 [Effective Until 9/15/2014] Application for and renewal of license.

(A) Any person, firm, organization, institution, or agency seeking to establish a child day-care center, type A family day-care home, or licensed type B family day-care home shall apply for a license to the director of job and family services on such form as the director prescribes. The director shall provide at no charge to each applicant for licensure a copy of the child care license requirements in this chapter and a copy of the rules adopted pursuant to this chapter. The copies may be provided in paper or electronic form.

Fees shall be set by the director pursuant to sections 5104.015, 5104.017, and 5104.018 of the Revised Code and shall be paid at the time of application for a license to operate a center, type A home, or type B home. Fees collected under this section shall be paid into the state treasury to the credit of the general revenue fund.

(B)

(1) Upon filing of the application for a license, the director shall investigate and inspect the center, type A home, or type B home to determine the license capacity for each age category of children of the center, type A home, or type B home and to determine whether the center, type A home, or type B home complies with this chapter and rules adopted pursuant to this chapter. When, after investigation and inspection, the director is satisfied that this chapter and rules adopted pursuant to it are complied with, subject to division (H) of this section, a license shall be issued as soon as practicable in such form and manner as prescribed by the director. The license shall be designated as provisional and shall be valid for twelve months from the date of issuance unless revoked.

(2) The director may contract with a government entity or a private nonprofit entity for the entity to inspect and license type B family day-care homes pursuant to this section. The department, government entity, or nonprofit entity shall conduct the inspection prior to the issuance of a license for the type B home and, as part of that inspection, ensure that the type B home is safe and sanitary.

(C)

(1) On receipt of an application for licensure as a type B family day-care home to provide publicly funded child care, the department shall search the uniform statewide automated child welfare information system for information concerning any abuse or neglect report made pursuant to section 2151.421 of the Revised Code of which the applicant, any other adult residing in the applicant's home, or a person designated by the applicant to be an emergency or substitute caregiver for the applicant is the subject.

(2) The department shall consider any information it discovers pursuant to division (C)(1) of this section or that is provided by a public children services agency pursuant to section 5153.175 of the Revised Code. If the department determines that the information, when viewed within the totality of the circumstances, reasonably leads to the conclusion that the applicant may directly or indirectly endanger the health, safety, or welfare of children, the department shall deny the application for licensure or revoke the license of a type B family day-care home.

(D) The director shall investigate and inspect the center, type A home, or type B home at least once during operation under a license designated as provisional. If after the investigation and inspection the director determines that the requirements of this chapter and rules adopted pursuant to this chapter are met, subject to division (H) of this section, the director shall issue a new license to the center or home.

(E) Each license shall state the name of the licensee, the name of the administrator, the address of the center, type A home, or licensed type B home, and the license capacity for each age category of children. The license shall include thereon, in accordance with sections 5104.015, 5104.017, and 5104.018 of the Revised Code, the toll-free telephone number to be used by persons suspecting that the center, type A home, or licensed type B home has violated a provision of this chapter or rules adopted pursuant to this chapter. A license is valid only for the licensee, administrator, address, and license capacity for each age category of children designated on the license. The license capacity specified on the license is the maximum number of children in each age category that may be cared for in the center, type A home, or licensed type B home at one time.

The center or type A home licensee shall notify the director when the administrator of the center or home changes. The director shall amend the current license to reflect a change in an administrator, if the administrator meets the requirements of this chapter and rules adopted pursuant to this chapter, or a change in license capacity for any age category of children as determined by the director of job and family services.

(F) If the director revokes the license of a center, a type A home, or a type B home, the director shall not issue another license to the owner of the center, type A home, or type B home until five years have elapsed from the date the license is revoked.

If the director denies an application for a license, the director shall not accept another application from the applicant until five years have elapsed from the date the application is denied.

(G) If during the application for licensure process the director determines that the license of the owner has been revoked, the investigation of the center, type A home, or type B home shall cease. This action does not constitute denial of the application and may not be appealed under division (H) of this section.

(H) All actions of the director with respect to licensing centers, type A homes, or type B homes, refusal to license, and revocation of a license shall be in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code. Any applicant who is denied a license or any owner whose license is revoked may appeal in accordance with section 119.12 of the Revised Code.

(I) In no case shall the director issue a license under this section for a center, type A home, or type B home if the director, based on documentation provided by the appropriate county department of job and family services, determines that the applicant had been certified as a type B family day-care home when such certifications were issued by county departments prior to January 1, 2014, that the county department revoked that certification within the immediately preceding five years, that the revocation was based on the applicant's refusal or inability to comply with the criteria for certification, and that the refusal or inability resulted in a risk to the health or safety of children.

(J)

(1) Except as provided in division (J)(2) of this section, an administrator of a type B family day-care home that receives a license pursuant to this section to provide publicly funded child care is an independent contractor and is not an employee of the department of job and family services.

(2) For purposes of Chapter 4141. of the Revised Code, determinations concerning the employment of an administrator of a type B family day-care home that receives a license pursuant to this section shall be determined under Chapter 4141. of the Revised Code.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §110.20, eff. 1/1/2014.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.128, SB 316, §120.01, eff. 1/1/2014.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.

Effective Date: 07-01-2000; 05-18-2005

This section is set out twice. See also § 5104.03 , as amended by 130th General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 483, §101.01, eff. 9/15/2014.