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Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Competencies Video Series is now available on the California Department of Education web site. This series begins with an introductory video giving an overview of the ECE Competencies publication that describes California’s professional standards for people working in the field of early childhood (children birth to kindergarten entry). Each of the remaining 12 videos explains a competency area which includes important comments and insights from content experts highlighting research-based best practices for the early childhood professional. These videos can be accessed online at http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/re/ececomps.asp

Training and Events


Autism and the Brain- Justice in Education  
Understand the causes of behavior of children and adults with autism.


Audience: Parents
Location: 2101 N. Tustin Avenue, Santa Ana 92705
Thursday, December 4, 6-8 p.m.
Fee: Free
 714-542-1707 or mclements@justiceineducation.org  

Frosty Treat Fun Mommy and Me Cooking Class
Cooking with children is something not all grown-ups are comfortable with, not to worry! Child Development Specialist, Kunaal Kumar, is here to help guide grown-ups through the process of cooking with children. Children will delight in making frosty, winter-themed treats like Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips, Snowman Pizza, and refreshing water infused with wintery yumminess.


Audience: Parents with children ages 2 years and up
Pretend City, 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618
Date: December 22, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.         
Fee: $5 fee per one grown-up and one child pair
Registration: Click here

Online Director Mentor Information Session- The California Early Childhood Mentor Program
Ten Director Mentor Information Sessions will be offered to recruit potential Director Mentors and provide information about how to apply. Each webinar provides: Context of the Director Mentor component in the Mentor Program; Purpose and goals of the program for ECE administrators; Expectations of Director Mentors; Stipends, professional development, and other benefits for Director Mentors; Requirements to apply to become a Director Mentor and application procedures; How the Mentor Program uses the Program Administration Scale (Talan and Bloom, Second Edition, 2011) to select and re-certify Director Mentors (includes a copy of the book for every participant and a brief training on its use).

Once selected by the Mentor Program Selection Committee, a Director Mentor works with less experienced directors, site supervisors, assistant directors, family child care providers, or experienced directors to provide support, suggest resources, and encourage the Protégé Director to gain the skills and confidence needed to succeed.


Audience: Early childhood directors
Location: Online
Date: Varies, dates offered October to January 
Fee: $20
Registration: http://directormentorinfosession.eventbrite.com
cverarde@chabotcollege.edu. Director Mentors receive a stipend for their work with Protégés, as well as opportunities for professional growth and participation in the community of Director Mentors (see next page for FAQs).

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The Child Development Centers Webinar Series of 2014- The CAPPA Foundation
Receive professional development in a format convenient to you. Webinars canassist you in identifying activities that make you light up and provide a foundation for re-engaging your passion. Plan to spend a fun, interactive, and informative hour exploring the depth of your passion for your daily work. The workshop will allow for sharing, self-reflection and understanding why passion is central to the quality of human life.

Audience: Early care and Education Professionals
Varies, click title for more information
$99 for each workshop

Fall Workshops- California Preschool Instructional Networks (CPIN)

Workshops include: The Foundations of Social-Emotional Development (Volume 1); California Preschool Learning Foundations and Curriculum Framework, History-Social Science and Science (Volume 3); California Preschool Learning Foundations and Curriculum Framework, Language and Literacy; And Overview: Volume 1 Preschool Learning Foundations and Curriculum Framework.


Audience: Early care and education professionals   
Location: Varies, click on title for more information
$20 per workshop day
Date:Varies, workshops offered October-December  
Registration:Link provided in flyer, click the title above for linksInformation:

The Language of Materials: Reggio Inspired Programs Educator Roundtables- Fullerton School District
Roundtables offered that focus on the languages of materials as an ideal learning tool in the early childhood development and curriculum. Participants experience the joy and intensity of learning as they work with a variety of materials and tools to expand and refine their own curriculum ideas. Teachers and educators will have the opportunity to work with clay, paints, wire, natural materials, and photography, having hands on experiences and practice on useful techniques to facilitate children’s explorations.


Audience: Early childhood educators and professionals
Richman Elementary School, MPR 700 S. Richman Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92832
Date: Varies, dates offered from December 2014 to April 2015
Fee: $25 per session
Registration: Complete attached form (click on title above), mail/email/fax or call 714-447-2858


Child Behavior Pathways- CHOC Children’s and UC Irvine  
The series helps parents learn: techniques to increase positive parent-child interactions; approaches to preventing disruptive behaviors in the future; tools for responding to common attention getting behaviors; strategies to foster a child’s attention, social skills, and self-esteem.   


Audience: Parents
Location: IUSD, Early Childhood Learning Center
Date: Wednesdays, January 14- March 11, 6-8 p.m.
Registration: www.childbehaviorpathways.com
Information: Enroll by 12/19 and receive a free “Effective Use of Time Out” DVD. For additional dates and locations, click here.


Early Childhood STEM Conference: The Children’s Center at Caltech, Child and Families Commission of Orange County, Think Together, and Orange County Department of Education Join the 4th Annual ECSTEM Conference. Participate in a teaching laboratory where you will learn new ideas about STEM instruction and how to integrate STEM-related activities into your indoor and outdoor classroom space. Visit the ECSTEM Hall of inquiry with various vendors related to Early Childhood curriculum, materials and tools needed to grow confident learners.  


Audience: Early childhood educators and professionals
Location: Hilton Orange County in Costa Mesa, CA  

Date:February 5-7, 2015     

$250 for 2 day conference; $220 for 1 day conference

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