Health Department

Childcare Provider Classes and Information

 August is National Immunization Month

 

 

Send Your Children Back to School Protected from Serious Diseases

National Immunization Awareness Month is a reminder that we all need vaccines throughout our lives.

Back-to-school season is here. It’s time for parents to gather school supplies and back packs. It’s also the perfect time to make sure the  children in your care are up to date on their vaccines.

Vaccines protect against a number of serious and potentially life-threatening diseases.

When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk for diseases and can also spread diseases to others in their classrooms and community – including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer or other health conditions.

Remind your parents to provide the day care with up-to-date immunization records.  The City of Independence Health Department will be doing their September immunization audits, and having current immunization records for each child enrolled in your center is important.

Helpful links for child care providers and parents:

http://health.mo.gov/living/wellness/immunizations/schedules.php

https://www.nphic.org/niam

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/index.html

 

 

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 smeyer@indepmo.org 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

Resources:

Organ Wise Guys

Encourages and promotes exercise and nutrition for children of all ages. The website provides free resources for teachers.

https://organwiseguys.com/

Spikes Poison Prevention

Missouri Poison Center’s website offers free resources and games that can be used in a classroom center to educate children and parents about the importance of keeping medications safely stored.

http://missouripoisoncenter.org/education/educators/

https://www.safekids.org/who-we-are

Lana Preschool Program

This preschool program teaches children that nutrition is fun and easy! Child care centers can find free tools and activities on their website.

http://lananutrition.com/

Fire Safety

The Independence Fire Department and Fire Facts offers educational programs and resources for child care centers to use to teach children about fire safety.

http://www.ci.independence.mo.us/fire/safetyfiresmart

http://www.firefacts.org/

https://www.safekids.org/who-we-are

MyPlate

These websites will provide information and resources about the 5 food groups that are needed for nutritious and healthy meals for the growing child.

https://www.choosemyplate.gov/missouri

https://www.choosemyplate.gov/

 

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 http://www.moworkshopcalendar.org/ or http://www.heart.org/.

For additional information about upcoming classes, call Suzanne Meyer at 325-7320 or email smeyer@indepmo.org.

The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in all AHA courses and has developed instructional
materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA. Any
fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA.

Childcare Provider Clock Hour Classes

Please make sure you have a registered email or phone number associated with your MOPDID in case the classes need to be cancelled (Open Initiative).  Or make sure to check the MO Workshop Calendar prior to coming.  We would cancel 1 week in advance.

September 9, 2017    

                                 8 a.m.  Perceived Food Evils

                                 9 a.m.  Links Between Disease and Weight

                                10 a.m. Influenza for Child Care Providers

                                11 a.m.  Vaccine Preventable Diseases

Classes are free, but you must register online through the MO Workshop, Calendar, http://www.moworkshopcalendar.org/.  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, https://www.openinitiative.org/, 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 smeyer@indepmo.org.

 

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.