Health Department

Childcare Provider Classes and Information



Please visit these links for more information and free resources you can order or print to use at your Childcare Centers:

Children's Trust Fund of Missouri

Safe Kids

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Children's Safety Network

National High Blood Pressure Education Month in May

As a childcare provider, you care for our children everyday.  May is the month to spend a little time taking care of yourself.  The American Heart Institute has designated May as High Blood Pressure Education month.  Visit the links below for information about knowing your numbers, blood pressure facts, sign and symptoms of high blood pressure, and resources available.

American Heart Association:


Consequences of High Blood Pressure:

Childcare Centers & Pre-schools Classes

Independence Health Department offers the following health promotion classes to the children at child care centers in Independence.  Each class is 30 minutes in length. Contact Suzanne Meyer at to schedule class or for any questions.

  • Hand Washing
  • My Plate: Healthy Eating Habits
  • Physical Activities with Organ Wise Guys
  • Show Me Your Smile: Oral Health
  • Spike's Poison Prevention Adventure
  • Healthy Smiles: Oral Health
  • Fire Safety
  • Seatbelt Safety
  • Hands are not for Hitting
  • Lana the Iguana: Fruits and Vegetables

CPR & First Aid Classes for Childcare Providers

Independence Health Department offers the AHA Heartsaver Pediatric CPR, AED, and First Aid classes for child care providers who work in Independence.  Each student must purchase and bring the 2015 AHA Heartsaver Pediatric CPR, AED, and First Aid student workbook to the class.  These can be purchased online from WorldPoint, Laedral, or Channing Bete.  There are a limited number of classes available during the year, but additional classes can be found at or

For additional information about upcoming classes, call Suzanne Meyer at 325-7320 or email

Childcare Provider Clock Hour Classes

Registration will be available in August for the below classes.

September 9, 2017    

                                 8 a.m.  TBD

                                 9 a.m.    Influenza for Child Care Providers

                                10 a.m.  TBD

                                11 a.m.   TBD

Classes are free, but you must register online through the MO Workshop, Calendar,  Class topics may change based on speaker availability. Participants will need a MOPD ID to register for classes. If you need a MOPD ID, this can be done by going online to the Open Initiative website,, look to the right side of the page, and click on “Request a MOPD ID.”  Once you get your MOPD ID, you can register for classes on the MO Workshop Calendar.

For more information about any of these classes, please contact Suzanne Meyer at 816-325-7320 or


New Childcare Requirements Resources

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.