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:
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 email@example.com to schedule class or for any questions.
Organ Wise Guys
Encourages and promotes exercise and nutrition for children of all ages. The website provides free resources for teachers.
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.
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.
The Independence Fire Department and Fire Facts offers educational programs and resources for child care centers to use to teach children about fire safety.
These websites will provide information and resources about the 5 food groups that are needed for nutritious and healthy meals for the growing child.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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:
For more information, visit Children's Trust Fund of Missouri.