Clock hour training application content and process inquiries should be directed to CCTraining@health.mo.gov.

General Information

The Department of Health and Senior Services uses an online training application, publishing, and attendance management system for the approval and tracking of child care clock hour training. The online training approval process is accessed through the Missouri Workshop Calendar.

Family home providers, family home assistants who regularly work more than five (5) hours per week, center directors, group day care home providers and all other caregivers and volunteers who are counted in staff/child ratio shall complete a minimum of twelve (12) clock hours annually. Training must be approved by the Section for Child Care Regulation in health, safety, nutrition, guidance and discipline, appropriate activities and learning experiences for children, positive communication and interaction with parents, planning and setting up an appropriate environment for children, professional and administrative practices or other child related area.

Clock hour training must relate directly to children or be related to the child care setting. Staff meeting topics (e.g., human resources, benefits, scheduling, daily cleaning procedures/schedules, how to use appliances/ office equipment, operate computer programs, performance reviews, employee handbook review, etc.) are not clock hour eligible.

Information about clock hour training requirements for child care providers can be found on the Training page.

Clock hour training application content and process inquiries should be directed to CCTraining@health.mo.gov.

Training Approval Requirements

Training sessions submitted for clock hour approval must address one of the core competencies outlined in the Core Competencies for Early Childhood and Youth Development Professionals (Kansas and Missouri). Additional information about the Core Competencies is available on the OPEN website. Though Missouri shares common core competencies with Kansas, there is not a reciprocal training approval agreement between Missouri and any other state.

Training applications are submitted for approval through the Missouri Workshop Calendar. To submit an application the trainer or an individual designated by the trainer will need to establish an account with the Missouri Workshop Calendar. All trainers and training applicants are required to obtain a 6-digit Missouri Professional Development ID (MOPD ID) available instantly and at no cost at OPEN Initiative. Trainers are not required to enroll in the MOPD Registry. For assistance with MOPD IDs, contact OPEN Initiative at openinitiative@missouri.edu.

Clock hour training application content and process inquiries should be directed to CCTraining@health.mo.gov.

Training/Conference Application Process

Trainings may be conducted face to face, scheduled online or online/on demand. The trainer or an individual designated by the trainer must submit the training approval application. Approved applications are valid for three (3) years. Allow up to 30 days for approval.

Face to Face or Scheduled Online applications

  • STEP 1: Obtain a MOPD ID
  • STEP 2: Create an account on the Missouri Workshop Calendar
  • STEP 3: Submit a training application to be reviewed by the Section for Child Care Regulation
  • STEP 4: Receive notice of training approval
  • STEP 5: Schedule the approved training to obtain the 13 character approval code. In the Session Details you will indicate if the training is to be public or private.
  • STEP 6: Conduct the training
  • STEP 7: Enter Attendance on the Missouri Workshop Calendar
  • STEP 8: Close and Archive Attendance within 30 days.

Online On Demand applications

  • STEP 1: Obtain a MOPD ID
  • STEP 2: Create an account on the Missouri Workshop Calendar
  • STEP 3: Submit a training application to be reviewed by the Section for Child Care Regulation
  • STEP 4: Receive notice of training approval

The online on demand trainer or training organization must establish a method of transferring completion data to Missouri’s child care professional registry, OPEN Initiative. To establish a training completion data transfer with OPEN Initiative call (573) 884-3373.

Conference Approval

  • STEP 1: Obtain a MOPD ID for at least two (2) members of the conference planning committee
  • STEP 2: Set up a Missouri Workshop Calendar Account
  • STEP 3: Submit a conference application for initial approval which will contain general conference information.
  • STEP 4: Following receipt of initial approval, submit conference sessions for final approval
  • STEP 5: Final approval will assign the 13 digit approval code for each session.
  • STEP 6: Conduct the conference.
  • STEP 7: Enter attendance on the Missouri Workshop Calendar within 30 days.

Declined Applications

If your application is declined, it may be updated and resubmitted. On the Missouri Workshop Calendar go to My Library, Training Applications, Declined to locate the application. Copy the application and make the needed changes/additions.

All applications are submitted through the Missouri Workshop Calendar. Technical issues or questions about using the Missouri Workshop Calendar should be directed to Child Care Aware of Missouri.

Training Application Requirements

  • Training applications are evaluated based on the Approval Guide for Child Care Training.
  • Training sessions must address at least one Core Competency, but should be limited to a maximum of two competencies per hour. It is preferred that the applicant selects only one or two core competencies to which the entire training session most closely relates. Since competency indicates that a topic will be explored thoroughly, do not choose a competency that associates with only a sentence or two of your training but rather one that summarized the training in its entirety. For example a training on Playground Safety one might choose Content Area V.2.3.a “Creates safe environments and procedures for children, youth, and adults.” During the training many topics such as completing of incident reports, first aid, behavior expectations, etc. will be discussed. It would not be appropriate to select the competency most closely associated with each point address because the points are simply touched on or briefly discussed.
  • Training sessions with more than two competencies per hour will be sent back to the applicant for review and editing to identify the competency or competencies that will be mastered in the training.
  • To be clock hour eligible training/conference sessions must relate directly to children and be related to the child care setting.
  • Staff meeting topics, (e.g. human resources, benefits, scheduling, daily cleaning procedures/schedules, operation of computer programs, employee handbook review, etc.) tours of child care facilities, child, classroom, or teacher observations, pre-reading and homework are not clock hour eligible.
  • A separate application must be submitted for each training session that varies in title or number of clock hours.
  • A separate application must be submitted for each session in a training series offered over non-consecutive days if clock hours are awarded for individual sessions. Attendance must be submitted separately for each session. For instance, 10 hours of training delivered in five 2-hour sessions for which participants may earn clock hours for individual sessions must be submitted as five separate applications for the individual modules. If clock hours are given for the total number of clock hours of a series of sessions instead of individual sessions, the session must be published and hours awarded on the date of the last training session so hours won’t be awarded until they are all earned.
  • Training sessions must be a minimum of one hour. Breaks do not count toward clock hours. (e.g. a training scheduled from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. with a lunch break from 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. would be approved for 5 1/2 clock hours.
  • Partial credit cannot be awarded for training sessions. A new application may be submitted for a different number of clock hours if the session is shorter or longer than the hours for which the initial application was approved.
  • Staff may not receive clock hours for training while they are counted in ratio or caring for children.
  • All training must have individual registration and attendance reporting by the trainer/training organization.
  • Online training must have an individual assessment to gauge participation and learning. Many webinars do not fit these requirements.
  • Videos or other pre-recorded content may be used as a portion of a facilitated training with approval from the owner of the video. The facilitator is the trainer and cannot receive clock hours.
  • Trainers must only use material for which they have permission. If the Department of Health and Senior Services is made aware that a trainer is using material to which they do not have legal rights the training approval may be rescinded.
  • Trainers who falsify training records or do not provide training as it was approved will be contacted to determine the action that will be taken.

Technical issues or questions about using the Missouri Workshop Calendar should be directed to Child Care Aware of Missouri.

First Aid/CPR Approval

First Aid and CPR training must be processed through the Missouri Workshop Calendar to count toward annual clock hour requirements. Online-only First Aid and CPR training applications are not accepted for approval.

When submitting the application for clock hour approval, training organizations have the option of choosing to have their training designated as approved by DHSS which will be listed on the “First Aid/CPR Training” tab on the Missouri Workshop Calendar.

The following national models are accepted by the Section for Child Care Regulation for First Aid/CPR:

  • American Academy of Pediatrics PedFACTs
  • American Red Cross
  • American Heart Association
  • American Safety and Health Institute
  • Emergency Care and Safety Institute
  • EMS Safety
  • National Safety Council
  • ProTrainings

Adding or Removing Trainers

Additional trainers who may deliver the training can be added to the initial training application. Trainers can be added or removed as needed at any point in the three years that the training is approved for. The approved training will be found as a template in your library on the Missouri Workshop Calendar. Simply click the “Add Trainers” button and enter the MOPD Id number for each trainer that you wish to add. Trainers may also be removed by clicking the “Remove” following the trainer’s information.