Childcare Provider Services


Quality childcare can make all the difference in the life of a child. The staff at the Springfield-Greene County Health Department is committed to helping childcare providers offer the best possible care to our community's children through a variety of programs and services.

Training & Clock Hours

We offer free monthly educational opportunities for childcare providers and parents. Our classes provide a wide variety of information on health and safety topics. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) Section on Childcare Regulation requires childcare personnel to receive a minimum of 12 clock hours of training each year. Registration is necessary due to limited seating.

Effective Feb. 1, 2012, the Department of Health and Senior Services has mandated all registration for clock hour training for child care providers offered by the Springfield-Greene County Health Department be made online via the Missouri Workshop Calendar.

View our 2018 childcare provider calendar for class topics, dates, and times. If you have questions or want more information, call (417)864-1684.

Children's Health Promotion Programs

To make sure children's teeth are healthy, we provide free toothbrushes and supplies to childcare facilities in Greene County through our We Brush, Too! program. We teach children about the importance of brushing their teeth in a fun and kid-friendly way using puppets, giant toothbrushes, and story books. We can also help establish a tooth-brushing program in a childcare facility.

We present other child-friendly programs, such as Organ Wise Guys and Spike's Poison Prevention Adventure on-site at childcare facilities to teach children about health and safety topics such as poison prevention, physical activity, nutrition, dental health, hand washing, and more.

Childcare Health & Safety Consultation

We are committed to keeping children in our community safe and healthy while in childcare. Consultation can be provided by our nursing staff, public health investigators, and/or epidemiology specialists on-site or in our office for childcare providers and parents with health and safety questions or concerns.

Contact us at (417)864-1684 for more information.

Child Safe Facilities Program 

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department no longer offers the Child Safe Facilities program. Certificates from this program are no longer up-to-date. Parents can find safety information at the state's licensing website or at Child Care Aware of Missouri