What is the Child Care Program?
Seneca County families who are working or in school can apply for help to pay for their child care. Additional allowances can be made for travel time and/or sleep time.
You must choose a licensed child care center, school latchkey program, head start, or a home provider (relative or non relative) or in-home aide that is certified by the Seneca County DJFS in order to get help. Open this link to view Child Care Provider options.
Who is Eligible?
Assistance is available for parents or caretakers & household members who are Seneca County residents and whose income is within 130% of the Federal Poverty Level. Child care is available only for hours of employment, education or training, or participation in an eligible activity to receive public assistance
You may be required to pay for part of your child care, called a co-payment. The amount you pay is based on your gross income and family size.
How do I Apply?
1) Obtain & Complete the Required Forms
You may print the following required forms:
- Application for Child Care or Spanish Application for Child Care.
- You can also apply online at https://ssp.benefits.ohio.gov/
- Responsibilities of Child Care Parent.
- Notice Regarding Co-Payments.
Or, You may call our office at 419-447-5011 or 800-825-5011 to have these forms mailed to you. If a customer requests a Child Care application to be mailed, it is mailed within 24 hours of the request.
Or, you may come to our office and pick up an application. Click here for our hours and location.
2) Return the Three Required Forms
By Mail to:
Seneca County DJFS
900 E CR 20
Tiffin, OH 448830
By Fax to: 419-447-5345
3) Additional Steps
Once your application is received, a checklist will be sent to you to inform you of any other information needed in order to determine your eligibility.
You will need to provide proof of at least one month’s current gross income for all household members.
You will be notified in writing of the decision made on your application.
A face-to-face interview is not required.
The State of Ohio Department of Job & Family Services Child Care pages offers detailed information and links for additional child care resources.