Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Does Your Staff Have MOPD ID's?

The DHSS child care licensing rules require child care staff to document at least 12 clock hours.

Starting January 1, 2015 those training clock hours must be approved in the MOPD System or can be presented by Local Public Health Agencies (that's us!), or the training is received by DHSS, DSS or DESE personnel.

Direct any questions about training approval status to: or 573.751.2450

If your staff has NOT obtained their MOPD ID you must:
If you want to become a trainer for your daycare center you must:
  • Submit application for approval
  • Publish training on the Missouri Workshop Calendar
  • Collect participants' MOPD IDs
  • Issue a training certificate to training participants
  • Submit participants' MOPD IDs to assign credit
We will continue to advertise any of our trainings thru this Blog first before we post the training on the Missouri Workshop Calendar.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

It's that time a year again

You should soon be receiving an email to fill out your 2013-2014 Immunization Status Report.
Below are 3 Training Modules (clock-hour approved) to help you learn how to complete the form, as well as the importance of immunizations and new rules.

Remember if you need help filling out these forms you can call and schedule a time for us to come help you. 816.587.5998 ext. 309 or 322

Monday, September 29, 2014

How to become recognized as a Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) would like child care providers to successfully support breastfeeding families. Breastfeeding gives moms and babies many health benefits- yet many moms worry that going back to work will make it hard to breastfeed. Helping moms continue to breastfeed can be done with just a little time and resources. Becoming a Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care is a voluntary recognition program available to Missouri child care facilities.  Click the link below to learn how you can become recognized:

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Infographic on Enterovirus

Below is a link to an infographic for use in your centers to post and educate your families and staff.

What Daycares Need to Know About Enterovirus

We have had a few calls concerning what daycare providers should tell their families and what protocols to have on hand for the Enterovirus that has hit our community. Unfortunately, the CDC is still learning about the particular Enterovirus that is causing the outbreak in KC.  The current recommendations generally for Enteroviruses are only to keep kids home if they have a fever or if they are unable to take care of themselves (such as coughing and unable to stop).  But for kids with just a cough or runny nose, there isn’t a good way to know how long they are contagious and it isn’t really feasible to keep them out the whole time they might be contagious.

If you have a child at your daycare who has been diagnosed with Enterovirus or something else, the daycare needs to let the other parents know.  Especially in the case of this new virus, which is particularly tough on the kids with asthma, the daycare and parents need to be aware and make sure asthmatic kids are getting their medications and keeping it under control. 
The best recommendations to keep any virus away is to:
Practice good hand washing throughout the day
Frequently sanitizing surfaces
Practice good cough hygiene
Below is a great data sheet from CDC:

Monday, July 14, 2014

FREE Handwashing posters

Great FREE printables from the CDC.  Some posters have great eye catching messages like this one:  Message: One trillion germs can live in one gram of poop. (That's the weight of a paper clip!) Wash your hands after using the toilet.

Update those old handwashing signs in your bathroom with these!

Click here for FREE printables

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

No CPR/First Aid classes in April

We apologize for any inconvenience, but we will not be holding our CPR/First Aid class the month of April.  We will continue the regular schedule (2nd Tuesday of the month) on May 13th.

Start Smart Early Education applications now available

Expand early childhood education opportunities in your community and apply for funding through the Start Smart program.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

National Poison Prevention Week is coming!

National Poison Prevention Week always falls on the third week in March each year.  It's a week to highlight the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them. 


Things you can do to help us celebrate

National Poison Prevention Week:

  • Hang a poster
  • Ask your patients, families and friends to program the nationwide Poison Help hotline into their phone (under the #7, the letter P, 1-800-222-1222)
  • Order some FREE items to distribute (send me an email or call LaJohnna at 314-772-8300 for an order form)
  • Post poison prevention tips on Facebook and Twitter 
  • Teach the Spike Poison Prevention Program to preschoolers
  • Teach the Taking Your Medications Safely Program to seniors
  • Use our Elementary School Lesson Plan in the classrooms. It's available at

Friday, January 10, 2014

Test Your Flu I.Q.

Are you sure you know the facts about the seasonal flu?  You better check your Flu I.Q. here.

Friday, January 3, 2014

ATTENTION: Recall on baby stroller adapter

Recall Date: December 30, 2013

Recall Number: 14-072

Joovy Recalls Zoom Car Seat Stroller Adapter due to Fall Hazard

 WASHINGTON, D.C. - Consumers should stop using this product, which is being recalled voluntarily, unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

 Recall Summary
Name of product: Zoom Car Seat Adapter
Hazard: Adapter clips can loosen on the stroller frame, posing a fall hazard.
Remedy:  Repair

 Consumer Contact:  Joovy toll-free at (855) 251-0759 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at, then click on the “Customer Service” menu at the top of the page, then select “Recall Information” for more information.

Recall Details:
Description: This recall involves all Joovy’s Zoom gray metal car seat stroller adapters. The adapters are gray with black plastic clips designed to attach infant car seats to stroller frames. The adapter frame’s dimensions are approximately 17” x 13” x 10”.  Recalled car seat adapter models include 00945 for Graco, 00946 for Chicco and 00947 for Peg Perego frames. “Joovy” and the model numbers can be found on the label at the center of the end bar of the adapter.

 Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received nine reports of incidents involving loose adapters on stroller frames. There are no injuries reported.

 Remedy: Consumers should stop using these adapters and contact Joovy for a free repair kit to help assure proper attachment to Zoom stroller frames.

 Sold at: Independent specialty juvenile retailers and online at between May 2012 and August 2013 for about $25.

 Importer: Joovy Holding Co. Inc., of Dallas, Texas
Manufactured in: China