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Information for Early Care and Education Professionals

Information for Early Care and Education Professionals

The Child Care Coordination Office provides a variety of services to support early care and education professionals in the City of Irvine.

Professional Development Opportunities
A list of workshops and events for early care & education professionals is provided to enhance the quality of child care Irvine. Workshops may also be of interest to parents. Please share applicable information with the families you serve.

Child Resource Center (CRC)
The CRC offers resources and materials to support your role as an educator and care provider.

Developmental Screening 
A child's development can be measured by how a child learns, speaks, moves, behaves and relates. Skills such as smiling, waving, talking and walking are developmental milestones. Progress on these milestones can be found with regular developmental screening through childhood. All children birth through age 5 years should be screened regularly prior to school entry.
The Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ) Developmental Screening Tool is a parent completed questionnaire to be completed periodically throughout early childhood (0-5 1/2 years). As a service to Irvine early care and education professionals, the Irvine Child Resource Center (CRC) offers the complete set of ASQ-3 to members. To learn more about the ASQ and implementation in  your program please contact the CRC at 949-724-6632. Pretend City and Help Me Grow are offering ASQ Online for Orange County Families for free. Parents can now complete an online Ages & Stages Questionnaire with their child. Please share the Orange County  FREE Developmental Screening Schedule with your families.

Inclusion Information
Children with special needs are more like typical children because they share the same basic needs: acceptance, care, challenges, love, and support. A child with special needs requires special care because of emotional, health, intellectual, or physical reasons. As a caregiver, being aware of every child's needs will help you provide the best care for all children. To learn how you can be included in a list of child care programs with specific training and/or expertise in working with children having special needs, click here.



National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
NAEYC is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for children from birth through age 8. For more information about the Orange County Chapter of the organization, click here.

National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)
NAFCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting quality child care by strengthening the profession of family child care. For more information about the Orange County Chapter of the organization, click here.

California School Age Consortium (CalSAC)
CalSAC works to support and advance afterschool and out-of-school time programs and providers throughout California. CalSAC offers training, resources, advocacy, and information to help these professionals
in their vital work with kids.

City of Irvine Disability Services
City of Irvine Disability Services provides support services and social programs to persons with disabilities, their families, caregivers, and providers who live or work in Irvine.

National Afterschool Alliance
The Alliance works to ensure that all youth have access to affordable, quality afterschool programs. One of the organization's leading goals is to serve as an information source on afterschool programs and resources.

Help Me Grow
Help Me Grow connects families and children with developmental, behavioral or learning concerns to resources in the community. Help Me Grow also provides resources and information to child care providers to help support the families they serve.

State of California Community Care Licensing Division
All child care centers and family child care homes must be licensed by the State of California Division of Community Care Licensing. To view Community Care Licensing information and updates visit the Community Care Licensing Division website.

Orange County Department of Education (OCDE)

The Orange County Department of Education strives to make a difference in Orange County schools through world class resources, services, and opportunities for parents, educators, students, and community members.  Visit OCDE online to learn more about the programs and services that support and foster excellence in Orange County schools.

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