Health Department

Childcare Provider Classes

Childcare Centers & Pre-schools Classes

  • Hand Washing
  • My Plate: nutrition education
  • Organ Wise Guys; Healthy Habits
  • Show Me Your Smile: Oral Health
  • Spike's Poison Prevention Adventure

CPR & First Aid Classes for Childcare Providers

All classes are Saturday from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM at the Independence Health Department. Classes are $15 per person and require pre-registration. Class dates for 2016 are March 5, June 18, August 20, and November 5.

To register for CPR classes, contact Suzanne Meyer at 816-325-7320 or

Childcare Provider Clock Hour Trainings

Classes for 2016 will be held on:

September 24  -  Effective communication in Childcare (8-9 a.m.), Wellness Challenge snacks and extras (9-10 a.m.), Things that go creep: Bed bugs, Head lice, and Scabies (10-11 a.m.), and SIDS "Safe Sleep" training (11 a.m.-12 p.m.)

For all Childcare Provider Classes, you must register online through the MO Workshop, Calendar, flier can be seen here. For more information, please contact Suzanne Meyer at 816-325-7320 or

Spot the Tot

spot the tot

Every week in America there are an average of four children killed in back-over accidents. Many more are injured. Back-over accidents occur because SUVs and vans have blind zones (bigger than blind spots) that make it impossible to see small children behind the vehicle.

Therefore, it is important to follow these steps in order to keep kids safe:

  • Be sure to firmly hold the hand of children when in driveways, parking lots, and sidewalks.
  • All drivers should do a safety look to check for children walking or playing around cars.
  • All drivers should walk all the way around a parked vehicle to check for kids, toys, and pets before entering, starting, or moving the car.
  • Make sure young children are always accompanied by an adult when getting in or out of your vehicle.
  • Have children stand on the porch or somewhere you can see them before backing up.

For more information, visit Safe Kids Worldwide.

Not Even for a Minute

Everyone is in a hurry. You may be tempted to leave your child in the car for "just a minute" while you run into the store. DON'T DO IT!  There are very real dangers for children left alone in a vehicle including:

  • Abduction.
  • Temperature inside a car can quickly reach deadly levels.
  • Children can accidentally set the car in motion.
  • Children can become trapped and even killed by a power window.
  • Items in the glove compartment or first aid kit could be harmful or toxic to children.

For more information, visit Children's Trust Fund of Missouri.