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.

Super Saturday Staff Development Day for School-Age Care and Education Professionals

This one-day professional development conference for individuals working with school-age children (5-12 years) offers four one-hour workshop sessions, each with eight to 10 different workshop topics to choose from, including:

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
  • Effective Communication Strategies
  • Guiding Behavior
  • Supporting Children’s Social Emotional Development
  • Working with Children Having Special Needs
  • Creative Art and Outdoor Education Activities

Organization: City of Irvine Child Care Coordination Office
Audience: Individuals working with children 5-12 years old
Location: Lakeview Senior Center, 20 Lake Rd., Irvine 92604
Date: Saturday, March 14, 7:45 a.m.-2 p.m.
Fee: $16, Irvine residents, $21 nonresidents, light lunch included
Register: Click here to register
Information: View flier here. For more information, contact 949-724-6632

January

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
Date: 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

Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (SEFEL) Pyramid Model Spring Saturday Series

SEFEL Pyramid Model provides a systematic framework that focuses on promoting social and emotional competence, preventing challenging behaviors and teaching young children the appropriate skills to manage their emotions in social situations. In this module series, participants will gain strategies to support the key elements of the Pyramid Model:

  • Building positive relationships  
  • Implementing classroom preventative practices  
  • Using social and emotional teaching strategies  
  • Planning intensive individualized interventions

Organization: Quality Start OC
Audience: Early childhood educators and administrators
Location: Orange County Department of Education, 3001 Redhill Ave., Costa Mesa 92626
Date: Saturdays, February 1, March 28, and April 25, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Fee: Free to Quality Start OC Participants
Register: Click here to register by February 1
Information: View flier here. For more information, contact ledwards@ocde.us or 714-966-4386

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 (early bird 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.

2019-2020 Professional Learning – History Social Science: Preschool Citizenship

Explore interactive strategies to support children in developing responsible behavior, fairness and respect for others, and conflict resolution.

Organization: CPIN Region 9, Orange County Department of Education
Audience: Early educators working with children 4-6 years old
Location: Orange County Department of Education, 3001 Redhill Ave., Costa Mesa 92626
Date: Thursday, February 6, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Fee: $20, light snacks and materials included
Register: Click here to register by February 4
Information: View flier here. For more information, contact ledwards@ocde.us or 714-966-4386

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: Thursdays, February 6, 13, 20, and 27; 7-9 p.m.
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.

Film Screening No Small Matter

No Small Matter is a feature-length documentary film and national engagement campaign that brings public attention to quality early care and education by sharing powerful stories and stunning truths about the human capacity for early intelligence and the potential for quality early care and education to benefit America’s social and economic future. This multifaceted project reveals how our country is raising its youngest citizens, why making the most of this time in their lives is so crucial, and most importantly, what we can do to change the perception of when learning begins.

Organization: Laguna Beach Early Learning Community Task Force
Audience: Parents, early childhood care providers and educators
Location: Mission Hospital Laguna Beach, 31872 Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach  92651
Date: Monday, February 10, 6-8 p.m., light dinner included
Fee: Free
Register: RSVP by Monday, February 3, at www.lbusd.org/nsm or see QR code on flier
Information: View flier here

2019-2020 Professional Learning – STEM All Day Long Part II

Examine the early concepts in biology: characteristics of animals and plants in the everyday environment, including appearances, body parts, behaviors, habitats and the changes and growth of living things over time. Strategies will focus on developmentally appropriate, experiential learning that supports the integration of scientific inquiry. Participate in active, hands-on experiences that enhance observation skills, encourage exploration and investigation, and promote language development.

Organization: CPIN Region 9, Orange County Department of Education
Audience: Early educators working with children 4-6 years old
Location: Magnolia School District, 2705 W. Orange Ave., Anaheim  92804
Date: Thursday, February 13, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Fee: $20, light snacks and materials included
Register: Click here to register by January 27
Information: View flier here. For more information, contact ledwards@ocde.us or 714-966-4386

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
Date: 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.

2019-2020 Leadership Academy – The 40 Developmental Assets Framework

This training is an overview of the 40 Developmental Assets Framework, which represent the relationships, opportunities, and personal qualities that young people need to avoid risks and to thrive. Participants will learn activities and skills that build asset development for early learning, connect developmental assets to the family engagement framework and determine how best to incorporate the concepts into their programs.

Organization: Orange County Department of Education
Audience: Early childhood educators, and administrators
Location: Great Wolf Lodge, 12681 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove, 92840
Date: Thursday, February 20, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fee: Free, includes morning refreshments and lunch
Register: Click here to register. Registration deadline February 14
Information: Click here to view flier. Please bring a device (such as a laptop, tablet, or smartphone) to access training materials. For registration assistance contact ysalas@ocde.us

2019-2020 Professional Learning – Phonological Awareness: Playing with Sounds

Phonological awareness for young children is all about playing with sounds! Noticing and being able to manipulate the sounds of spoken language is highly related to later success in reading and spelling. Developmentally appropriate practice for phonological awareness activities include games, songs, riddles, drama, etc.

Organization: CPIN Region 9, Orange County Department of Education
Audience: Early educators working with children 4-6 years old
Location: John F. Land Elementary School, 15151 Temple St., Westminster  92683
Date: Thursday, February 27, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Fee: $20, light snacks and materials included
Register: Click here to register by February 17
Information: View flier here. For more information, contact ledwards@ocde.us or 714-966-4386

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.

March

Dealing with Challenging Behaviors in Children, One Unit Class HD 253

This course presents an overview of effective discipline and guidance techniques for young children, with a focus on particularly difficult behavior. Principles of positive guidance, strategies for guidance, and specific applications for young children with challenging behaviors will be emphasized. The course partially meets requirements for Title 22 licensing.

Organization: Irvine Valley College
Audience: Parents, teachers, child care providers and therapists
Location: Irvine Valley College, 5500 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine 92618
Dates: Friday, March 27 and April 3 (6 - 9:50 pm); Saturday, March 28 and April 4, (9 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.)
Fee: Unit fees apply
Register: Click here or visit www.admissions.ivc.edu
Information: View flier here. For more information, contact jprange@ivc.edu

Save the Date: Saddleback College Spring 2020 Child Development and Education Conference

The Stories Behind Behavior – Challenging Behaviors in the Classroom. This conference will help teachers learn to support children with challenging behaviors and assist children in developing resilience. Individual breakout sessions will be available.

Organization: Saddleback College
Audience: Infant, toddler, preschool and school age child care providers
Location: Saddleback College, 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo 92692
Date: Saturday, March 28, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Fee: TBA
Register: TBA, coming soon
Information: View flier here. For more information, contact 949-582-4582

April

2019-2020 Leadership Academy – Build Your Bounce

Leaders will have an opportunity to reflect upon what it means to be a resilient leader and how to “build the bounce” of staff, using the Devereux Resilient Leadership Survey. This training will provide opportunities to learn and develop meaningful resilience-building experiences that can help create workplace environments where staff feel valued, nurtured and inspired to do their best each and every day.

Organization: Orange County Department of Education
Audience: Early childhood educators, and administrators
Location: Great Wolf Lodge, 12681 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove, 92840
Dates: Thursday, April 16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m
Fee: Free, includes morning refreshments and lunch
Register: Click here to register. Registration deadline April 10
Information: View flier here. Please bring a device (such as a laptop, tablet, or smartphone) to access training materials. For registration assistance contact csalisbury@ocde.us

Child Abuse, One Unit Class HD 231

Have you ever wondered what you would do if you suspected child abuse, or wondered why someone would hurt an innocent child? Come and spend two days learning about child abuse identification and treatment. Learn how to complete a child abuse report as a mandated reported and understand the impact of child abuse in a family institution and online abuse.

Organization: Irvine Valley College
Audience: Parents, teachers, child care providers and therapists
Location: Irvine Valley College, 5500 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine 92618
Dates: Saturday, April 18 and April 25, 9 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.
Fee: Unit fees apply
Register: Click here or visit www.admissions.ivc.edu
Information: View flier here. For more information, contact drobles@ivc.edu

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.