(A) Any person, firm, organization, institution, or agency desiring to establish a child day-care center or type A 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 section 5104.011 of the Revised Code and shall be paid at the time of application for a license to operate a center or type A home. Fees collected under this section shall be paid into the state treasury to the credit of the general revenue fund.
(B) Upon filing of the application for a license, the director shall investigate and inspect the center or type A home to determine the license capacity for each age category of children of the center or type A home and to determine whether the center or type A 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 (G) of this section, a provisional license shall be issued as soon as practicable in such form and manner as prescribed by the director. The provisional license shall be valid for twelve months from the date of issuance unless revoked.
(C) The director shall investigate and inspect the center or type A home at least once during operation under the provisional license. 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 (G) of this section, the director shall issue a license to the center or home.
(D) The license or provisional license shall state the name of the licensee, the name of the administrator, the address of the center or type A home, and the license capacity for each age category of children. The license or provisional license shall include thereon, in accordance with section 5104.011 of the Revised Code, the toll-free telephone number to be used by persons suspecting that the center or type A home has violated a provision of this chapter or rules adopted pursuant to this chapter. A license or provisional 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 or provisional license is the maximum number of children in each age category that may be cared for in the center or type A 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 or provisional license to reflect a change in an administrator, if the administrator meets the requirements of Chapter 5104. of the Revised Code and rules adopted pursuant to Chapter 5104. of the Revised Code, or a change in license capacity for any age category of children as determined by the director of job and family services.
(E) If the director revokes the license of a center or a type A home, the director shall not issue another license to the owner of the center or type A 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.
(F) If during the application for licensure process the director determines that the license of the owner has been revoked, the investigation of the center or type A home shall cease. This action does not constitute denial of the application and may not be appealed under division (G) of this section.
(G) All actions of the director with respect to licensing centers or type A 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.
(H) In no case shall the director issue a license or provisional license under this section for a type A home or center if the director, based on documentation provided by the appropriate county department of job and family services, determines that the applicant previously had been certified as a type B family day-care home, 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.
Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.
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. 25, HB 59, §110.20, eff. 1/1/2014.