LIMA — The Allen County Department of Job and Family Services is looking to partner with in-home childcare providers and daycare centers to help clients with young children get back to work.
“One of the things we found has been a big roadblock to (employment) is we’ve had a diminishing amount of daycare providers,” said Joe Patton, executive director of Ohio Means Jobs-Allen County and ACJFS.
The Allen County office currently partners with 14 in-home providers and 25 childcare centers, down from previous years. But Patton said the demand for childcare is much higher.
“We want to be able to put all the kids (from a family) in one place, not have to run them all over to different centers,” Patton explained. “Having more providers gives our case managers, who are helping place people in employment, gives them a lot more options to keep kids together.”
Hourly rates are set by the age and number of children cared for.
Rachel Reed, who supervises the daycare program for ACJFS, said childcare providers can earn up to $29 per hour.
Reed said childcare providers must be at least 18 years old, have a GED and a clean criminal record. She’s looking to cover all shifts, including weekends.
A $25 application fee is also required, but applicants may be eligible to have their fees waived.
Reach Mackenzi Klemann at 567-242-0456.