Thursday, September 19, 2019

FREE Clock Hours opportunity **This looks like a good one too!!

Educare is collaborating with Sesame Street in Communities to offer an Early Childhood Educators day at the Kauffman Conference Center. Free Clock hours and Educare training. Also, free breakfast and door prizes.

October 12, 2019
8:00 am – 11:45 am, registration begins at 8:00 a.m. 
The Kauffman Foundation Conference Center
4801 Rockhill Rd
Kansas City, MO 64110

To Register:

Attendees will be able to choose two training sessions:

·         Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Are Early Childhood Educators, Leaders and Advocates Miracle Workers?

·         Family Bonding

·         Let's Get Ready: Planning Together for Emergencies 

·         Fostering a Healing Classroom for a Child in Foster Care

·         From Chaos to Calm:  How to Help Young Children Manage Big Feelings



Monday, August 5, 2019

Changes in Child Care laws coming to Missouri in August

Changes in child care laws coming to Missouri this month


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Last month, Governor Mike Parson signed House Bill 397 which modifies current laws to protect children in child care settings. The Missouri General Assembly passed this bill during the last legislative session, and it contains numerous provisions that will impact children and child care facilities and aim to prevent tragic incidents from occurring. These changes, which will go into effect on Aug. 28 include the following:

·         For unlicensed child care providers, the total number of children in care was increased from four to six, including a maximum of three children who are under two years of age. Children who live in the home and who are five years old and older will not be included in the total number of children in care. All other children will be included in the total number of children in care.

·         For licensed child care facilities, all children, including related children, will count in the license capacity, regardless of facility ownership.

·         For unlicensed, illegal child care providers:

o    The offense of providing illegal child care has been raised from an infraction to a Class C misdemeanor for the first offense and a Class A misdemeanor for subsequent offenses. The penalties were also increased to a fine up to $750 for the first offense and up to $2,000 per day, not to exceed $10,000 for subsequent offenses.

o    DHSS is now required to file for civil penalties, between $750 and $2,000, for the provision of unlicensed illegal child care. The department must provide written notice of the violation, educational materials about Missouri’s child care laws and regulations, how a facility may become exempt or licensed, and penalties for operating an unlicensed, nonexempt child care facility. DHSS must also provide the individual with 30 days to become compliant, including attaining exempt status or becoming licensed. Civil penalties will not be assessed against those providers who are criminally charged for providing illegal child care.

·         DHSS is now provided with the explicit authority to deny an application for licensure if the child care facility is located within 1,000 feet of a location where a person required to register as a sex offender resides or regularly receives treatment or services, excluding those provided by a hospital.

“We are committed to working with child care providers and families during this transition,” said Dr. Randall Williams, director of DHSS. “Together, we want to ensure that Missouri children are being provided the safe care that families deserve.” 

For more information about regulations and licensure in child care, visit


Monday, July 15, 2019

IMPORTANT changes for 4 or less Child Care Providers

Missouri House Bill 397 (HB 397) was signed by the Governor on Thursday, July 11, 2019. HB 397 limits the number of children allowed to be cared for in an exempt from licensure family home to no more than six children regardless of relationship.

Effective August 28, 2019, registered child care providers currently providing care to more than six (6) children in their home must take action to decrease the number of children in care to less than six children, with no more than three children under the age of two. As a reminder, any children living in the home, under the age of 5 years old, must be counted in the total number of 6 children in care, regardless of relationship to the provider.  

If a provider wishes to become a licensed child care provider in order to care for more than six (6) children, information on licensing can be obtained by going to or contacting the Bureau of Child Care Licensing at 573-751-2450.

Providers formerly registered as Four or Less (FOL) will now be registered as Six or Fewer (SOF) providers, with this change. Current registered providers will receive a new Agreement for Services (for SOF) that will need to be signed and returned in order to remain compliant with their current registration period.

With the new law, any person found to be operating illegally as a child care provider shall be guilty of a class C misdemeanor for the first offense and shall be assessed a fine not to exceed seven hundred fifty ($750) dollars; and for subsequent offenses, shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor and shall be assessed a fine of up to two thousand dollars ($2,000) per day, not to exceed a total of ten thousand ($10,000) dollars.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this information, please contact the Child Care Provider Relations Unit at (573) 526-3011.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Hello all:
Wanted to share with you that on May 31, 2019, the Child Care Working Group, submitted a report (click report) to Governor Mike Parson detailing recommendations for enhancing Missouri’s early childhood care and education system.
Below are some of the highlights from the recent Governor Parsons:
  • Proposed Child Care Licensing Rule Changes- **NEW** The Health Dept. now has fingerprinting services available at our Platte City location 8am-4pm.
  • Improvements to Health and Safety for Non-Licensed Subsidy Providers (In January 2019, DHSS filed emergency and proposed rules related to background screening requirements for child care providers).
  • Comprehensive Background Screenings
    Expanding the Show-Me Child Care Provider Search
  • Online, On-demand Training
  • ParentLink
  • Trauma Smart Training

    Thursday, March 14, 2019

    Breastfeeding Support in Child Care

    Child care providers play an important role in a family’s breastfeeding success. The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition is pleased to provide a NEW 2-page summary of what child care providers need to know to support breastfeeding families: “Breastfeeding Support in the Child Care Setting.”  It was created in partnership with multiple state agencies, organizations and child care providers.Supplemental Resources for Breastfeeding Support in Child Care are also available, such as: 

    Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Provider Designation”  Application and FAQ

    Monday, February 25, 2019


    Farm to Early Childhood Education Resource Workshop


    This free workshop features agencies that will provide information on how to incorporate healthy eating and active living programs into Early Childhood Education Centers and Pre-Kindergarten classrooms. Learn about curriculum, local snack options and programs to help you incorporate healthy snacks and outdoor education into your day.

    Click here to learn more!       

    Thursday, February 28th from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Kansas City Community Gardens
    6917 Kensington Ave Kansas City, MO 64132


    Friday, January 11, 2019


    Hello Platte County Child Care Providers!

    Happy New Year to you all!! We wanted to share you with a few FREE resources for your child care program. Sorry I couldn't fit them all on one post :)

    Download these Farm to Preschool Resources:

    Last, but not least. If you have families looking for FREE one-on-one health and wellness coaching! Look no further than Score 1 for Health through Kansas City University! A program for families of all ages. Meet with your Coach at a convenient time and location for 7-8 visits (45 minute sessions)

    Contact for more information: 816.654.7974 or