Training for Child Care Providers

The Department contracts with Child Care Aware® of Missouri to provide families with child care referrals and child care programs with face-to-face and online training.

Training topics offered statewide by Child Care Aware® of Missouri include:

  • Basic Knowledge Curriculum for Infants/Toddlers
  • Basic Knowledge Curriculum for Early Childhood
  • Basic Knowledge Curriculum for Youth
  • Social and Emotional Foundations for Learning
  • Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Supervision of Children

Providers are required to obtain a Missouri Professional Development Identification (MOPD ID) number through the Opportunities in a Professional Education Network (OPEN). The MOPD ID is used to track attendance and completion of trainings approved for Department of Elementary & Secondary Education licensure clock hours and the mandated training. This data is stored by OPEN in the Missouri Professional Development Registry.

Child Care Aware® of Missouri, OPEN, and DESE work together to maintain the Missouri Professional Development System. The system allows providers to track completed trainings in one place without having to maintain hard copies of training certificates.

Child Care Aware® of Missouri administers the web-based Missouri Workshop Calendar which features all face-to-face, online (in real time), and online on-demand training offered in Missouri for clock hours. Training descriptions, number of clock hours, location, and registration instructions are displayed for all scheduled training sessions. Participants must provide their MOPD ID to receive credit for completing clock hour training. Providers who do not need clock hours must still enter their MOPD ID in order to receive credit for the training.

Individuals and organizations wishing to provide training for child care providers will also use the Missouri Workshop Calendar. Trainings are approved and scheduled and attendance is entered through this website.