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 public health calendar to attend our next class.

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Health and Safety Programs for Children Ages 3 years - Third Grade

A set of curriculum has been developed to help educate preschoolers and young children on the importance of health and well-being. For a complete list of the available programs, please view our list (PDF). To schedule a health and safety program, please call 636-949-7400, ext 7389 or ext 6252.

"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 public health 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)
Participants will learn how to provide an optimal, safe and supportive environment for their children with diabetes.

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.

Lead Poisoning Prevention

Length: 60 minutes (Part 1 of a 2-part class that includes Poison Control)
This class introduces the problem of lead poisoning and provides simple routines to reduce lead exposure in various environments. Participants will gain information to share with families and encourage that children be tested for lead poisoning when families suspect their child has had exposure in their environment.

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.

Poison Control

Length: 60 minutes (Part 2 of a 2-part class that includes Lead Poisoning Prevention)
Providers will gain knowledge about the danger potential poisons pose in their environments and learn how to prevent and appropriately respond to accidental poisonings.

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: 120 minutes
This class will define Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, identify behaviors that increase the risk of SIDS and discuss sleep-related myths.

Active Shooter Preparation and Response

Length: 120 minutes
Open to St. Charles County-based child care providers, this program will identify steps that should be taken in an active shooter incident. Led by St. Charles County SWAT members, the class will review effective strategies for thwarting an intruder and outline options to increase chances for surviving an active-shooter attack..