Events & Training

Events & Training

 

The Child Care Coordination Office compiles this list of workshops and events for early care and education professionals to enhance the quality of child care in Irvine. Many of these events would also be beneficial for families having young children. These events are organized by third-party organizations, unless otherwise noted, and are not managed by the City of Irvine.

 

November

California Preschool Development Grant (PDG) Online Modules

The California Preschool Development Grant (PDG) is piloting self-paced training modules hosted entirely online in a mobile-friendly format. These asynchronous modules provide early childhood professionals with maximum flexibility in enhancing their skills through high-impact, job-embedded activities. Each module requires access to an early childhood program with enrolled children in order to be completed. Modules offered: 

  • Preschool Growth and Development – Implementing a small group investigation based on developmentally appropriate practices
  • Infant/Toddler Social-Emotional Development – The importance of partnering with parents
  • Infant/Toddler Social-Emotional Development – Promoting attachment with young infants
  • Infant/Toddler Social-Emotional Development – Promoting attachment with mobile infants and toddlers
  • Infant/Toddler Social-Emotional Development – Promoting healthy social-emotional development with infants and toddlers with special needs
  • Infant/Toddler Social-Emotional Development – Supporting self-regulation in infants

Organization: Funded by California Department of Education, content by University of Florida, training and technical assistance by WestEd, and in partnership with Quality Counts California
Audience: Early childhood educators and providers
Location: Online course plus access to an early childhood program with enrolled children
Dates: Modules can be started and finished any time during October 23 and December 31, 2019
Fee: Free. Earn 2 hours of professional development per module.
Register: Enroll here.  
Information: Contact support@californiapdg.org or 650-352-4614.

Mental Health Champion Event

Tour the Western Youth Services facility, learn about the services and programs offered, and meet staff.

Organization: Western Youth Services
Audience: Parents, child care providers, and educators
Location: 23461 South Pointe Dr., Suite 205, Laguna Hills, CA
Date: Thursday, November 21, 1-2 p.m.
Fee: Free
Register: RSVP to development@westernyouthservices.org
Information: Click here for more information

Resilience Workshop

Western Youth Services trains parents, caretakers, youth influencers, and educators about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the long-term health effects this has on youth. By participating in this workshop, you will:

  • Experience the moving stories of the families in the documentary, Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope
  • Collaborate with community members to help our children heal from the predictable impact of ACEs
  • Leave inspired with heightened awareness and understanding to better care for our youth

Organization: Western Youth Services
Audience: Parents, child care providers, and educators
Location: 23461 South Pointe Dr., Suite 205, Laguna Hills, CA
Date: Thursday, November 21, 2:15-4:15 p.m.
Fee: Free
Register: RSVP to development@westernyouthservices.org
Information: Click here to view the flier.

December

California Preschool Development Grant (PDG) Online Modules

The California Preschool Development Grant (PDG) is piloting self-paced training modules hosted entirely online in a mobile-friendly format. These asynchronous modules provide early childhood professionals with maximum flexibility in enhancing their skills through high-impact, job-embedded activities. Each module requires access to an early childhood program with enrolled children in order to be completed. Modules offered: 

Preschool Growth and Development – Implementing a small group investigation based on developmentally appropriate practices
Infant/Toddler Social-Emotional Development – The importance of partnering with parents
Infant/Toddler Social-Emotional Development – Promoting attachment with young infants
Infant/Toddler Social-Emotional Development – Promoting attachment with mobile infants and toddlers
Infant/Toddler Social-Emotional Development – Promoting healthy social-emotional development with infants and toddlers with special needs
Infant/Toddler Social-Emotional Development – Supporting self-regulation in infants

Organization: Funded by California Department of Education, content by University of Florida, training and technical assistance by WestEd, and in partnership with Quality Counts California
Audience: Early childhood educators and providers
Location: Online course plus access to an early childhood program with enrolled children
Dates: Modules can be started and finished any time during October 23 and December 31, 2019
Fee: Free. Earn 2 hours of professional development per module.
Register: Enroll here.  
Information:
Contact support@californiapdg.org or 650-352-4614.

January 2020

Collaborative Problem Solving Parent Classes

Collaborative Problem Solving ® (CPS) offers a new way to understand and help ALL children, regardless of a diagnosis, especially those with difficult-to-manage behaviors, which usually comes with a diagnosis. CPS is an evidenced-based, skill-based, best-practice approach which will help give you insight into what might be getting in the way for those with behavioral challenges, while you learn how to teach to the lagging skills.

Organization: Helping the Behaviorally Challenging Child
Audience: Parents, educators and clinicians who deal with difficult-to-manage behaviors
Location: Heart 4 Kids Coaching, Training and Therapy Center; 145 W. Main St., Suite 260, Tustin 92780
Dates: Thursday, 10 a.m. – 12 noon; January 9, 16, 23, and 30. 
Fee: $150 per participant, $250 for two.
Register: Register at www.HBCC.us  
Information: 714-695-1057 or dafarian@HBCC.us. Tuition assistance available upon request. Click here to view flier.

Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Workshop

Learn the language of advocacy, assessment process, accommodations, and modifications.

Organization: Parents CAN Collaborate, Advocate, Navigate
Audience: Parents
Location: RSVP to learn location
Dates: Saturday, January 25, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
Fee: Free
Register: RSVP to parentscanoc@yahoo.com
Information: Additional workshops and dates offered, click on flier for more information. Spanish interpretation is available.

February 2020

2020 Child Health, Education, and Care Summit

The Summit theme, “Equity in Action: Elevating Children, Families, and California’s Workforce,” from building partnerships, to promoting collective impact, to providing leadership around critical programs and investments designed to benefit young children and their families. The Summit provides a forum for the spectrum of early childhood stakeholders to learn from, collaborate with, and empower one another.

Organization: First Five California
Audience: Early childhood educators, child care providers and stakeholders
Location: Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine  92614
Dates: Monday, February 3 – Wednesday, February 5 
Fee:
$325 per participant (earlybird rate, through December 19), $400 beginning December 20
Register: Click here to register
Information: 916-263-1050 or send any questions or comments to events@firstfive.ca.gov.

Collaborative Problem Solving Parent Classes

Collaborative Problem Solving ® (CPS) offers a new way to understand and help ALL children, regardless of a diagnosis, especially those with difficult-to-manage behaviors, which usually comes with a diagnosis. CPS is an evidenced-based, skill-based, best-practice approach which will help give you insight into what might be getting in the way for those with behavioral challenges, while you learn how to teach to the lagging skills.

Organization: Helping the Behaviorally Challenging Child
Audience: Parents
Location: Heart 4 Kids Coaching, Training and Therapy Center; 145 W. Main St., Suite 260, Tustin 92780
Dates: Thursday, 7-9 p.m.; February 6, 13, 20, and 27. 
Fee: $150 per participant, $250 for two.
Register: Register at www.HBCC.us  
Information: 714-695-1057 or dafarian@HBCC.us. Tuition assistance available upon request. Click here to view flier.

Transition from Early Childhood and Preschool to Public Schools

Learn the language of advocacy, assessment process, accommodations, and modifications.

Organization: Parents CAN Collaborate, Advocate, Navigate
Audience: Parents of children, ages 2-5 years old.
Location: RSVP to learn location
Dates: Tuesday, February 18, 6-8 p.m. 
Fee: Free
Register: RSVP to parentscanoc@yahoo.com
Information: Additional workshops and dates offered, click on flier for more information.

10th Annual Early Childhood STEM Conference

The Children's Center at Caltech is hosting the Early Childhood Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (ECSTEM) Conference to promote and increase awareness of the importance of introducing STEM education in early childhood (birth through eight years).

Organization: The Children’s Center at Caltech
Audience: Early childhood educators and providers
Location: The Pasadena Hilton, 168 South Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, CA
Dates: Friday and Saturday, February 28-29, 2020
Fee: See registration site for one and two day options, student and standard rates
Register: Register here.
Information: Click here for more details.

April 2020

Preparing for Fall/Parents as Partners: Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Review and Strategies to Address Student Readiness

Learn the language of advocacy, assessment process, accommodations, and modifications.

Organization: Parents CAN Collaborate, Advocate, Navigate
Audience: Parents of elementary school age students with IEPs
Location: RSVP to learn location
Dates: Tuesday, April 21, 6-8 p.m. 
Fee: Free
Register: RSVP to parentscanoc@yahoo.com
Information: Additional workshops and dates offered, click on flier for more information. Spanish interpretation is available.