Child Care Provider Education


Healthy Child Care Missouri is a collaborative project between the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Local Health Agencies throughout Missouri to provide child care health consultation services to child care providers. It is supported in part by a special child care grant from the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services, Child Care Bureau, and Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

Of the 114 counties in Missouri, 110 are currently covered by this child care health consultation program.

Why does the program exist?

  • To provide Child Care Health Consultation for Child Care Providers statewide.
  • To promote safe, healthy and developmentally appropriate environments for all children in child care.
  • To assist families and child care providers in accessing needed health and social service programs.
  • To decrease risk of injury, disease and abuse for our children.

Who can receive Child Care Nurse Consultation Program Services?

  • Child Care Providers
  • Families
  • Children

What services are offered?

  • Consultation at child care homes, group homes, or centers regarding child health and safety concerns.
  • Training for child care providers to improve their health and safety knowledge and practices, (Training clock hours are awarded to child care staff.)
  • Education and consultation for family members of children enrolled in a child care facility.
  • Health Promotion presentations for children in child care settings.

Topics may include: Communicable disease, Children with Special Needs, Emergency Preparedness, Injury Prevention and Safety, Immunizations, Dental Health, First Aid/CPR, Head Lice, Sanitation, Hand Washing, Head Lice, Nutrition and many others.

What does it cost?

Local Health Departments provide child care consultation, training, and education resources at no cost.

For more information contact Janella Spencer, BSN, RN at (417) 466-2201.