The purpose of the Cleveland Department of Health Daycare Unit is to ensure a healthy and safe environment for children in child care settings and to improve the quality of their care through regulation and consultation. Our department ensures that licensing requirements are met through ongoing inspections of child care facilities, thus preventing the continued operation of substandard child care programs.
In the City of Cleveland, we define Daycare Centers as an institution or place in which seven (7) or more children not of common parentage, are received for periods of not less than four (4) hours, nor more than twenty-four (24) hours at one time, for care apart from their parents, whether for compensation, reward or otherwise.
Any person, firm, association or corporation desiring a permit to open, maintain and conduct a Daycare Center must submit an application to the Commissioner of Assessments and Licenses between November 1 and December 31 for the following year.
The Daycare Unit also serves as a resource to Daycare providers in the City of Cleveland by providing information on pertinent health issues such as immunizations, communicable diseases and outbreak prevention, and nutrition. Our program offers general training on a variety of issues in childcare centers on such topics as: immunizations, asthma, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), and common childhood illnesses.
If your Daycare Center is interested in having an in-service conducted, please call (216) 420-7952 to schedule.
What are the procedures for opening a Daycare Center in the City of Cleveland?
You will need a permit to operate a Daycare Center in the City of Cleveland. You will need to also obtain a license from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, and we strongly suggest that you contact the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services at 1-866-886-3537 (option 4) for information on their rules and regulations. Request that they send to you a copy of the State of Ohio Daycare Licensing Law and Administrative Rules.
In order to receive a Daycare permit, you will have to receive approval from several departments within the City of Cleveland. These departments include:
These are suggested steps in preparing for the opening of your Daycare Center:
You can download or view a PDF of the codes by clicking the following link: Daycare Center Codes.pdf
How do I file a Daycare Center Complaint?
Do you have a concern regarding a child care provider? If so, it may be necessary to file a complaint.
Download the Daycare center complaint form
Once a complaint reaches our department, an inspector is deployed to the center within in 48 hours. If the complaint voiced is that of an urgent matter, the inspector will be sent out to the Daycare Center immediately.
You can also call (216) 420-7952 to talk to an inspector regarding a complaint, or if no one is available at the time of your call, please call the Director of Nursing at (216) 857-7455.
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