Health Department

Childcare Provider Classes

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. 

  • 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 Pediatric CPR, AED, and First Aid classes for child care providers in Independence. There are a limited number of classes available, 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 Trainings

Child Care Provider Clock Hour Classes

April 8, 2017             8 a.m.  Vaccine Preventable Diseases

                                9 a.m.   Perceived Food Evils

                                10 a.m.  Fire Safety

                                11 a.m.   Water Safety

September 9, 2017     8 a.m.  ABC’s Of Second Hand Smoking

                                 9 a.m.    Influenza for Child Care Providers

                                10 a.m.  Link Between Disease and Weight

                                11 a.m.   Car Seat and Seat Belt Safety              

Classes are free, but you must register online through the MO Workshop, Calendar, For all Childcare Provider Classes, Online registration will be available one month prior to classes. 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

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.