Training Information

Caregivers in licensed child care facilities are required to receive 12 clock hours of training approved by the Department of Health and Senior Services from January 1 to December 31 each year.

Department Online Training

Please read prior to completing these online training modules:

  • Trainings must be completed on a computer or laptop. They are not formatted to be mobile-friendly so they will not function fully on a cell phone or tablet device.
  • If you use Internet Explorer turn off Compatibility View.
  • Be patient as some videos may take time to load, depending on your internet speed.
  • Clock hours cannot be earned while in ratio with children.
  • Online modules cannot be used for group training.
  • Each completed module can only be counted once in a calendar year.
  • CERTIFICATES: Certificates may be printed at the end of the training or you may take a screenshot if you wish to have a copy for your personal records. The Section for PD and Outreach no longer emails a copy of the certificate since they are no longer accepted to verify training.
  • All child care providers and their staff are required to obtain a MOPD ID. You may look up or obtain your MOPD ID at openinitiative.org.
  • If you provide your MOPD ID, clock hours will be reported to OPEN for viewing in your online clock hour record on the Toolbox.
  • Records are sent to OPEN weekly so you should see the record on the training report by the end of the week following the completion of a training. Do not send certificates to OPEN for DHSS online training modules.
  • If you need assistance with your MOPD ID or setting up your individual or program training report in the Toolbox, please contact OPEN Initiative at 573-884-3373 or email OPEN at openinitiative@missouri.edu.
  • Questions about the online modules should be sent to CCTraining@dese.mo.gov.
  • If you have difficulty with an online training send a full screenshot of the issue to CCTraining@dese.mo.gov. Use the “print screen” button on your keyboard and paste the screenshot into the body of the email.
  • Trainings must be completed one at a time. If an individual completes multiple trainings at a time, credit will be denied when the information is reported to OPEN.
Supervision in Child Care
1.5 Clock Hour
This training was developed by the Section for Child Care Regulation and will provide child care providers with the basic supervision skills necessary to keep children safe in a child care setting. Rules and regulations will be reviewed and SCCR will share best practices that will help providers maintain proper supervision in their care.
Making a Difference: Protecting Health and Keeping Children Safe
1.0 Clock Hour
This training was developed in partnership between DHSS and the Department of Mental Health. This training will look at factors that contribute to an increase in stress for child care providers, discuss basic behavior management techniques, look at how to recognize escalating behaviors and how to de-escalate those situations, consider how to react in crisis situations, learn about potential consequences and the legal impacts when a child is harmed, and ultimately what you can do in your program to minimize the contributing factors so caregivers can successfully complete each day while keeping children safe.
Licensing Rules and Best Practices
2.0 Clock Hours
This training was developed by the Section for Child Care Regulation and will provide an overview of licensing rules for beginners and a review of important licensing rules for experienced child care professionals. This training identifies concepts and best practices that will help the participant stay in compliance with the licensing rules.
Early Childhood Social and Emotional Health
1.5 Clock Hours
This training module will give an introduction to social and emotional development and show how important what child care providers do every day is to the growth and development of the children in care. There are many different pieces to the puzzle when supporting a child’s social and emotional growth. Some of the pieces include supporting their brain development, understanding their temperament, assisting them to form attachment, understanding the social and emotional developmental milestones, and helping them build their emotion regulation skills.
Poison Prevention Safety Awareness Training
1.0 Clock Hour
This training was developed in partnership with DHSS and the Missouri Poison Center. Participant will learn about poison prevention and poison safety, specifically as it relates to the safety of the children in care. There are many common occurrences that can be avoided with knowledge and good practice. Poison prevention is an important part of our everyday lives. Participants can take what they have learned throughout the training and apply it at home and in their child care facility.
ABC's of Safe Sleep: How to Reduce the Risk of SIDS
1.0 Clock Hour
This training will prepare child care provides to reduce the risk of SIDS in family home, group home, and child care center settings by using safe sleep practices recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. This training meets the rule requiring all caregivers of infants in licensed child care settings to complete safe sleep training.
Child Care Transportation Safety Awareness Training
1.0 Clock Hour
This training will help child care providers and staff learn how to safely transport the children in their care. You will learn about the importance of car seats as well as the basics of how to install them.
Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Online Training
1.0 Clock Hour
This training is designed to increase awareness of disasters and emergencies should they occur in your area and to assist you in developing a written plan specifically for your facility on how you would deal with these events to meet the department’s licensing rules (19 CSR 30-62.090 and 19 CSR 30-61.090).
Inclusion 411: Module 1 - Getting Started with Inclusion in a Child Care Setting
1.0 Clock Hour
This module is designed to help child care providers include children with special needs and disabilities in community child care programs with children who are typically developing. You’ll explore what inclusion is and isn’t, consider some of the benefits of fully including children with special needs in your program, and explore some of the challenges of including children with special needs and disabilities.
Inclusion 411: Module 2 - Integrating Inclusive Practices in Child Care Settings
1.25 Clock Hours
This module identifies the keys to building an inclusive program, describes how to work as a team to meet the unique needs of each child, and illustrates types of planned interventions that can be used in supporting a child with special needs.
Inclusion 411: Module 3 - What Families Need to Know About Inclusion in a Child Care Setting
1.0 Clock Hour
In this module, families and child care providers learn what to expect from an inclusive program, basic ADA requirements for child care programs, how to locate an inclusive child care program, and what conversations families and child care providers should have when enrolling a child with special needs. Child care providers will gain a better understanding of the concerns of families of children with special needs and be better able to serve them.
Inclusion 411: Module 4 - Reframing: A New Way to Look at Social Emotional Development and Challenging Behaviors
1.75 Clock Hours
Child care providers will gain understanding and confidence in reframing their own attitudes and feelings in working with children with challenging behaviors, learn to help children communicate and get along with others in a safe and inclusive environment, and learn how to incorporate activities promoting social and emotional development into the daily routine. This module includes ideas, strategies and activities that can be immediately implemented in a child care program.
Inclusion 411: Module 5 - The Americans with Disabilities Act and Accommodations in the Child Care Setting
1.5 Clock Hours
In this module child care providers will be introduced to the foundations for inclusion in early care and education, basic IDEA and ADA requirements, considerations for enrolling a child with special needs, and accommodations used to include children with special needs in child care settings. Child care providers will understand their responsibility in making accommodations as required by the ADA and will learn strategies to meet some of the ADA requirements.

Other Free Trainings

The Bureau of Community Health and Wellness has an online training module – Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care.

Clock Hour Training Requirements
  • All clock hour training must be approved by the Section for PD & Outreach
  • For in-person training sessions or conferences that take place outside of Missouri and do not appear on the Missouri Workshop Calendar or the Pre-Approved National Conferences/Trainings list, it is possible to have it individually reviewed for clock hour approval. Send the information to CCTraining@dese.mo.gov for review. If it is approved for clock hour credit, it will be forwarded to OPEN to enter the approved training into the registry.
  • Online training must be submitted by the trainer or training organization through the Missouri Workshop Calendar (MWC) and be approved by the Department to count for clock hour credit.
  • All training scheduled on the Missouri Workshop Calendar (MWC) has been approved by PD & Outreach for clock hours.
  • Online/on-demand providers are responsible for maintaining a list of approved courses on the Missouri Workshop Calendar (MWC). If a training is not on the list, contact the training provider to see if the specific title has been approved in Missouri.
  • Clock hours for the previous year will be reviewed at the first inspection of each year.
  • Although Missouri shares common core competencies with Kansas, there is not a reciprocal training approval agreement between Missouri and any other state.

For questions regarding clock hour training, contact CCTraining@dese.mo.gov.

Clock Hour Training Review

Clock hour training for the previous year will be reviewed and verified at the first inspection each year.

  • All staff members need a MOPD ID number that can be obtained on the OPEN website.
  • All completed training must be on the Toolbox training report.
  • Child care owners/directors need to create an individual Toolbox account and request program level access (PLA) in order to access training reports for their staff.
How and When Will Training Records Reach OPEN?

Clock hour credit reaches OPEN in the following ways:

  • For in-person training, the trainer will submit attendance following the completion of the training. Training records will be sent to OPEN within a week of the trainer completing attendance.
  • For online – live training, the trainer will submit attendance following the completion of the training. Training records will be sent to OPEN within a week of the trainer completing attendance.
  • Online/On-Demand training is submitted by the training organization per an agreement the training organization has with OPEN. For specific timeframes consult the OPEN website.
  • For online/On-demand trainings listed on the Missouri Workshop Calendar OPTION B tab, completion certificates must be manually uploaded at the top of that page. Training records will be sent to OPEN after the certificate has been verified for accuracy.
  • OPEN does not manually enter any in-person or online training into the Toolbox. If you do not see your training record in the Toolbox contact the trainer/training organization directly for assistance.
Pre-approved National Conferences/Trainings

Some national conferences and trainings have been pre-approved for clock hour credit. To be recorded in the Toolbox, child care providers must submit documentation of completion to OPEN via email for entry into the individual’s record at openinitiative@missouri.edu.

Click here for a listing of pre-approved national conferences/trainings.

Child-related College Credit

College credits must appear on the Toolbox training report. To have courses entered for clock hour credit the individual must submit transcripts to OPEN for entry. Any approved courses will be added to the individual’s training record. Send transcripts to openinitiative@missouri.edu.

Click here for a list of child-related college courses.

Safe Sleep Training

Section 210.223, RSMo. requires child care facilities licensed to provide care to children less than one (1) year of age to complete department-approved training on the recent safe sleep recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) every three years.

  • Family Child Care Homes – 19 CSR 30-61.105(5)
  • Group Child Care Homes and Child Care Centers – 19 CSR 30-62.102 (4)

Safe Sleep Training must be on the Toolbox safe sleep training report.

Click here for a listing of department approved safe sleep trainings.

First Aid/CPR

The following national models are accepted for First Aid/CPR:

  • American Academy of Pediatrics PedFACTs
  • American Red Cross
  • American Heart Association
  • American Safety and Health Institute
  • American Trauma Event Management (ATEM)
  • Emergency Care and Safety Institute
  • EMS Safety
  • National Safety Council
  • ProTrainings

First Aid/CPR training must be conducted fully in person or as a blended training that includes on-line learning with an in person skills assessment. Any trainer who has the proper credentialing to provide First Aid/CPR training from one of the listed models may conduct training that satisfies the CPR/First Aid requirement. The provider must receive certification from the approved model. Online only First Aid/CPR is not allowed.

For First Aid/CPR training to count toward annual clock hour requirements the trainer must submit an application for clock hour credit through the Missouri Workshop Calendar (MWC) and be approved by the Section for PD & Outreach. For blended training, only the in-person component will be eligible for clock hour credit.

Missouri Workshop Calendar

Training published on the Missouri Workshop Calendar (MWC) is approved for clock hours. Providers may use the MWC to:

  • View scheduled clock hour training
  • Register for training sessions
  • Locate online training available 24/7 on the “Online On Demand” tab
  • Check the approval status of national training events on the “Pre-Approved National” tab

Technical issues associated with the MWC, or instructions on how to use the Missouri Workshop Calendar should be directed to Child Care Aware of Missouri at contactus@moworkshopcalendar.org or 1-800-200-9017.

Toolbox and MOPD Registry

Directors, owners, and program designees can use the Toolbox to print Program Training Reports and keep track of other staff records, such as First Aid and CPR certification. It is easy to set up a program on the Toolbox website. After a program is set up, the licensing specialist, director, and owner can review and print program training records online. This will greatly cut down on the amount of time spent reviewing training records on-site during an inspection. It is important to update your Toolbox by adding/removing staff throughout the year. For information on adding/removing staff, how to run reports and much more, visit OPEN’s website.

Individuals can use the Toolbox to print individual training reports and monitor professional development records. The Toolbox also provides access to professional self-assessment and professional development planning tools. To use the Toolbox to view and print individual training records, individuals must be a member of the MOPD Registry.

The MOPD Registry tracks child care clock hours, education, work experience, First Aid and CPR certifications, and other professional development for child care professionals. Child care professionals who enroll in the MOPD Registry and create an account on the Toolbox website can then monitor and print their own professional development records. Enrolling in the MOPD Registry is easy. Visit OPEN’s website and click on the MOPD Registry link for additional information.

Questions about the MOPD Registry and the Toolbox should be directed to OPEN at openinitiative@missouri.edu or by calling 573-884-3373.

Child Care Health Consultation Program Services

Who can receive Child Care Health 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 knowledge of healthy and safe practices, (Training clock hours are awarded to child care staff.),
  • Education and health consultation for family members of children enrolled in a child care facility, and
  • Health Promotion presentations for children in child care settings.

Topics may include

  • Communicable Disease
  • Immunization
  • Sanitation
  • Children with Special Needs
  • Dental Health
  • Handwashing
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Nutrition
  • Injury Prevention and Safety
  • Asthma...and many others

What does it cost?

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

For more information:

Contact your Local Public Health Agency to request additional information from the Child Care Health Consultant. If you have questions about the availability of a Health Consultant in your area, contact DHSS, Center for Local Public Health Services at:

  • P.O. Box 570, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102
  • or by calling 573-751-6170