Every three years the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) is required, under federal law, to conduct a survey to collect and analyze the rates for child care services paid across the state.
ODJFS uses this data to establish rates for their publicly funded child care (PFCC) program which offers financial assistance to eligible parents to help them with child care costs while they engage in work, education or job training.
ODJFS has contracted with Strategic Research Group (SRG) to assist with conducting this year's survey to gather and compile the rate information and then to analyze the results. The survey results may impact the payment rates of nearly 5200 centers, family child care home providers and approved day camps that currently serve children eligible for PFCC.
ODJFS needs to collect information on rates, enrollment, and barriers to participation in the PFCC program. To pay providers with rates that are based on the current market rates within the child care industry, ODJFS needs this information from child care providers who serve families who pay for child care without any financial assistance as well as providers who participate in the PFCC program.
In addition to the rate collection, federal law requires states to collect information on fees charged, barriers to participation, and other relevant information needed to assist in determining payment rates. This is completed via the survey.
Yes. To ensure confidentiality, responses in the database will be associated only with a randomly assigned passcode and not linked directly with identifying provider information. Any reports created or published will only summarize the responses across all providers and will not contain any individual provider information.
The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete.
The goal of the market rate survey is to compile a snapshot of the child care landscape and the cost of these services in Ohio. The information is then used to inform state leadership.
Providers with multiple locations are asked to submit a separate survey with information about each location. You will be sent a separate link for each location. If you have more than one location with the same enrollment and rate information, please complete a survey for one location and send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the provider ID(s)/license number(s) of the other location(s).
Please complete the survey by 09/14/2020.
Once you have completed the survey, you may be requested to submit your advertised tuition fees (rate sheet) for quality assurance purposes. Instructions on how to do so will be provided at the end of the survey. Additionally, you may be contacted for additional information to assist in determining the cost of high-quality care.
Please complete the survey and enter “NA” in the rate section as the survey includes additional questions beyond the collection of rates.
Any ODE program with a provider agreement is being invited to complete the survey.
If you have questions about this project, please contact Tracey Chestnut at Tracey.Chestnut@jfs.ohio.gov OR Angie Kaiser at Angela.Kaiser@jfs.ohio.gov. Direct specific questions about the survey to SRG at email@example.com or Dr. Tina Kassebaum at 1-800-341-3660.
Tracey Chestnut, Chief
Bureau of Child Care Policy and TA
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
Tina Kassebaum, Ph.D.
Strategic Research Group