Child Care Education

As a public service, the Division of Health Services offers free educational programs for child care centers, schools, and members of the community. Please view our online calendar to attend our next class. To schedule a health promotion class, please call 636-949-7400 or use the online form.

Classes and Trainings Available

Parenting 101

Length: 60 minutes
Open to new parents or guardians who meet eligibility requirements, this class focuses on improving child safety through education on good practices.

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Classes Focused on Children Ages 3 - 6

A set of curriculum has been arranged to help educate preschoolers on the importance of health and well-being. For a complete list of these classes available, please view our list (PDF).

"Clock Hour" Classes for Child Care Providers

In cooperation with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the Department of Public Health offers classes to help childcare provider meet "Clock Hour" continuing education needs for area childcare providers.

Advanced online registration for these classes is required. For our current class schedule, please review our online calendar or call 636-949-7400, x7389.

Asthma Management in Childcare

Length: 120 minutes 
Learn successful methods for managing the care of children with asthma.

Breastfeeding Support in Childcare and How to Create a Breastfeeding Friendly Facility

Length: 120 minutes
Recognizing the benefits of breastfeeding, participants will learn how to properly handle breast milk in a child care setting and how to support breastfeeding families.

Communicable Disease in Childcare

Length: 120 minutes
Learn methods for decreasing the spread of communicable diseases in a childcare setting.

Diabetes Management

Length: 60 minutes (Part 1 of a 2-part class that includes Seizure Care Training)

Effective Communication in Childcare

Length: 60 minutes (Part 2 of a 2-part class that includes Positive Behavior Support)
This class discusses how communication problems occur and offers suggestions for preventing escalation.

Emergency Preparedness for Childcare Providers

Length: 120 minutes
This class will discuss the main emergency threats for this community and will focus on the importance of emergency preparedness. Discussion will include a step-by-step instruction on how to create a response plan and introduce tools/resources that are available to help in an emergency.

Fit-Tastic Message #1 - Increasing Physical Activity

Length: 60 minutes (Part 1 of a 2-part class that includes Fit-Tastic Message #2)
Recognizing the importance of physical activity, this class will provide suggestions for opportunities that will help children complete at least 60 minutes of exercise each day to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Fit-Tastic Message #2 - Reducing Screen Time

Length: 60 minutes (Part 2 of a 2-part class that includes Fit-Tastic Message #1)
Promoting physical activity, this class will introduce ways to limit sedentary time in front of televisions, videos and other electronic devices.

Food Allergy Basics with an Epi-Pen Demonstration

Length: 120 minutes
This class will introduce common food allergies, identify foods associated with those allergens and provide suggestions for appropriate responses to allergic emergencies. There will also be a demonstration on the use of an Epi-Pen.

My Plate

Length: 120 minutes
Using the My Plate philosophy, this class will introduce nutritious meals and help children identify healthy foods and appropriate portion sizes.

Positive Behavior Support

Length: 60 minutes (Part 1 of a 2-part class that includes Effective Communication)
Following the Positive Behavior Support model, this class will help providers manage challenging behaviors in children.

Seizure Training

Length: 60 minutes (Part 2 of a 2-part class that includes Diabetes Management)
This class will discuss various types of seizures and common reactions and will provide suggestions for appropriate care for these reactions.

Safe Sleep

Length: 60 minutes (Part 1 of a 2-part class that includes Shaken Baby/Abusive Head Trauma and Mandatory Reporting)
This class will define Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, identify behaviors that increase the risk of SIDS and discuss sleep-related myths.

Shaken Baby/Abusive Head Trauma Signs and Mandatory Reporting

Length: 60 minutes (Part 2 of a 2-part class that includes Safe Sleep)
Identifying signs and symptoms of shaken baby/abusive head trauma, this class will offer prevention strategies and outline Child Care providers' roles in identifying abuse/neglect, preventing incidences and reporting to proper authorities.