Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Current Immunizations Required for Child Care Enrollment

Children enrolled in child care must be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, pneumococcal, polio, hepatitis B, Haemophilus influenzae type b, measles, mumps and rubella and varicella at intervals. State regulation specifies that if the immunization history is not provided on the first day, or the child’s immunizations are not up-to-date, or in progress the child will not be permitted to attend.

Licensing rules require child care facilities, caring for 10 or more children, to review the immunization status of children enrolled in the facility. This information not only protects children but also staff from harmful and potentially deadly vaccine-preventable diseases.

It is the responsibility of the child care facility to maintain the immunization histories of all the children enrolled and to report that information to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services by January 15th of each year.

For additional information regarding immunization requirements for children enrolled in child care, mandatory reporting or to obtain an immunization schedule that includes what age children should be immunized against particular diseases, please visit the Department of Health and Senior Services web site at www.health.mo.gov/living/wellness/immunizations or call 573.751.6124.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Please take a few seconds to take this 6 question survey for the YMCA Community Center North to help them provide the services YOU want to see at your Y!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Funding Opportunity from DESE

The School Age Community (SAC) Grant for before and/or after school programs is now available
for the 2011-2012 year! The purpose of the SAC grant is to increase school age program’s availability
and quality in order to provide a safe environment that meets the needs of the parents and youth in
your community. These funds may be used to start up or expand/enhance current before/after school
programs for youth ages 5 up to 13 years old. Go to   http://www.dese.mo.gov/divcareered/afterschool_grants.htm  for the guidance and application. Applications must be received by 3:00 p.m.. Tuesday, June 28, 2011. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Wolf at DESE at 573-522-2627.


The summer edition of the Healthy Child Care Newsletter is now available at http://health.mo.gov/safety/childcare/pdf/summer2011.pdf. This issue features the following:

  • New Rules for Child Care Facilities

  • New Proposed Rules

  • Safe Sleep Practices Training

  • Free Emergency Response Training

  • Emergency Response Training Flyer

  • Joplin Recovery

  • Outdoor Play

  • Planning Safe Field Trips

  • Preventing Whooping Cough

  • Funding Opportunity for School Age Programs

  • Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Information

  • Let’s Move!

  • Crib Safety

  • Lead Testing

The Healthy Child Care Newsletter is posted quarterly on the DHSS website.


June 28 marks the day that consumers will see a new generation of safer cribs for sale at local and national retail stores. Safer cribs will mean a safer sleep for babies across the country. Please check out the following link regarding questions and answers to safer cribs for babies http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2011/06/the-new-crib-standard-questions-and-answers/