Accreditation & Licensing

Licensing

Both the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) conduct on site licensing inspections at the our centers.

The FCBDD-Early Childhood Education Program and Columbus City Schools is licensed by the ODE and the YMCA and Head Start programs are licensed by ODJFS.

ODE is responsible for licensing and monitoring of all early childhood programs to ensure that young children are served in safe, nurturing and high quality learning environments. ODJFS licenses and monitors all child care programs  that receive state or federal funds. Both licensing agencies conduct at least one onsite visit annually.  Reports are sent to the center and can be reviewed upon request.

Accreditation

FCBDD is accredited by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD).  The accreditation process is a comprehensive review of the county board’s services system which includes early childhood education and is a measure of the county board’s performance in relation to standards that capture a specific program or subject area. The accreditation is conducted at least every 5 years.

Our centers also have been recognized as receiving National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation and the centers meet Step Up to Quality (SUTQ) standards. To receive NAEYC accreditation or a Star rating for SUTQ, programs must show evidence and a commitment to meet or exceed standards or benchmarks over and above minimum health and safety licensing standards as well as to provide high quality care and education services for young children.