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, Early Childhood and Youth
- Social and Emotional Foundations for Learning
- Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect
- Emergency Preparedness
Providers are required to get a Missouri Professional Development Identification number (MOPD ID) 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 Health and Senior Services/Section for Child Care Regulation (DHSS/SCCR) licensure clock hours and the department Child Care Subsidy mandated training. This data is stored by OPEN in the Missouri Professional Development Registry.
Child Care Aware® of Missouri, OPEN and DHSS/SCCR work together to maintain the Missouri Professional Development System (hyperlink to the MOPD Systems Key Functions document). The system allows providers to track completed trainings in one system 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 are required to have a MOPD ID to receive credit for completing clock hour training.
Those individuals and organizations seeking training approval from DHSS/SCCR for clock hour training also use the Missouri Workshop Calendar. Trainings are approved, scheduled and attendance is entered through this website.
In addition to the Missouri Workshop Calendar, Child Care Aware® of Missouri serves providers through resources such as the web-based Show Me Child Care Resources.