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.

September

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: Wednesday, September 18, 5-6 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: Wednesday, September 18, 6:15-8:15 p.m.
Fee: Free
Register: RSVP to development@westernyouthservices.org
Information: Click here to view flier.

October

Keeping Kids Safe in a Digital World

Speaker Diana Graber is an author, educator, media producer, academic, and most of all a mom. As an expert on digital literacy, she will speak about technology's impact upon human behavior. Workshop will cover:

  • Building digital skills in young children
  • Positive online reputation management
  • Maintaining online privacy
  • Managing screen time
  • Type of digital parent you are
  • Cyberbullying
  • Digital diets
  • Instagram, YouTube, Fortnite, Snapchat, and more!

Organization: Infinity Kids
Audience: Parents and families
Location: 22691 Lambert St., Lake Forest, CA
Date: Tuesday, October 1, 6-7:30 p.m.
Fee: Free
Register: RSVP to info@infinitykidsoc.com
Information: Click here for flier. Child care and refreshments provided.

Strategies to Reinvent Your Early Childhood Program for Success

This webinar will discuss and provide tools for ten strategies to help reinvent your program so you can execute change and ignite your focus to remain innovative, competitive, efficient, & profitable; ensure the programs have the tools needed for systems and processes; remain happy, fulfilled & significant; and feel energized to engage in this reinvention process.

Organization: Early Childhood Investigations Webinars, Smartcare
Audience: Early childhood educators and providers
Location: Webinar
Presenter: Caroline Jens, early childhood business expert
Date: Thursday, October 17, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Fee: Free; $15 to earn .2 CEUs for joining this webinar.
Register: Register here
Information: Webinar is recorded. Earn .2 CEUs for joining this webinar.

Social and Emotional Foundations for Expanded Learning (SEFEL) Training Series - SAVE THE DATES

This eight-part training will focus on the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI) work, and help expanded learning staff manage classroom behaviors by building positive relationships, designing structured environments, and creating effective schedules and routines. Program staff will learn strategies to facilitate student’s social emotional development by promoting intrapersonal skills, interpersonal connections, and positive beliefs and mindsets.

Organization: Orange County Department of Education
Audience: Individuals working with school age children
Location: Orange County Department of Education, 200 Kalmus Dr, Costa Mesa, CA
Date: Fridays: October 18, November 15, December 6, 2019; January 24, February 21, March 20, April 24 and May 15, 2020, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Fee: $75
Register: Email mmejia@ocde.us or call 714-966-4464 for program or training information.
Information: Click here to view the flier. The training series will prioritize those who can commit to attending all eight days.

Build a Culture of Family Engagement through Responsive Communication

Working with parents and families can be a challenge, especially when there are contradictory expectations. It can also be a joyful experience where engaging, life-long relationships are developed and cherished. Join this webinar to:

  • Examine the challenges with communication in today’s early childhood education programs
  • Explore strategies for positive, strong, verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Set responsible expectations for two-way communication with today’s families

Organization: Early Childhood Investigations Webinars, The InvestiGator Club
Audience: Early childhood educators and providers
Location: Webinar
Presenter: Mary Muhs, Dept. Chair, Early Childhood Education, Rasmussen College
Date: Wednesday, October 23, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Fee: Free; $15 to earn .2 CEUs for joining this webinar.
Register: Register here
Information: Webinar is recorded. Earn .2 CEUs for joining this webinar.

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, October 24, 9-10 a.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, October 24, 10:15 a.m.-12:15 pm.
Fee: Free
Register: RSVP to development@westernyouthservices.org
Information: Click here to view the flier.

Pathways to Nature-Based Play: There Is One for You!

Participants in this session will:

  • Investigate the many roles of the teacher in nature-based play that will help you find ways to get started right away. You’ll get to select the one you think is a perfect match for you to try out!
  • Discover ways to build community among teachers and to problem solve around challenges that might emerge when expanding nature-based play.
  • Discover strategies to communicate with families about risks and worries.
  • Explore examples of child-directed learning ACTIVITIES in nature that plant the seeds to nurture nature throughout childhood.
  • Explore the many connections between early childhood development and nature-based play before considering what it has to offer to curriculum.

Organization: Early Childhood Investigations Webinars, Nature Explore
Audience: Early childhood educators and providers
Location: Webinar
Presenters: Kay Albrecht, Ph.D., Halcyon Learned, and Sharon DuShane Young
Date: Thursday, October 24, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Fee: Free; $15 to earn .2 CEUs for joining this webinar.
Register: Register here.
Information: Webinar is recorded. Earn .2 CEUs for joining this webinar.

November

Expanded Learning Saturday Symposium – SAVE THE DATE

First annual Expanded Learning Saturday Symposium. Learn alongside peers and network with other programs in a conference like environment. Multiple workshop sessions will be offered covering topics relevant to Expanded Learning Programs.

Organization: Orange County Department of Education
Audience: Individuals working with school age children
Location: Orange County Department of Education, 200 Kalmus Dr, Costa Mesa, CA
Date: Saturday, November 2, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fee: $25 (includes registration, continental breakfast and lunch)
Register: Registration will open around Labor Day. Email mmejia@ocde.us or call 714-966-4464 for more information.
Information: Click here to view flier. 

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 http://www.westernyouthservices.org/events/ 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

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: Wednesday, December 18, 9-10 a.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: Wednesday, December 18, 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Fee: Free
Register: RSVP to development@westernyouthservices.org
Information: Click here to view the flier.

February 2020

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.