Events & Training Calendar

The Child Care Coordination Office compiles this list of resources, 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.

Please see a calendar of upcoming live webinars listed below to continue your professional development journey while practicing social distancing to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

January 2021

Are You STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Certified?

The purpose of the STEAM Certificate for Early Childhood Educators is to empower teachers to employ a project-based learning approach that crosses all of these disciplines in solving everyday problems. Courses offered are as follows:

  • CDEV 200 Introduction to Technology (Intersession and Spring)
  • CDEV 229 Brain Development and Learning (Intersession)
  • CDEV 210 Creative Music Experience for Children (Spring)
  • CDEV 231 Developing Language and Literacy in Young Children (Spring)

Organization: Santa Ana College
Audience: Early Childhood Educators
Location: Online and hybrid
Dates: Intersession (January – February) and Spring 2021
Fee: Unit fees apply
Information: Click here for flier. Click here to register. 

Orange Coast College Spring Courses

Continue your education and professional development. Classes still open for enrollment include:

Allied Health 112 – Introduction to Autism/Applied Behavior Analysis (CRN 42078)
Early Childhood 220 – Infant Toddler Programs (CRN 41619)
Early Childhood 199 – Domestic Violence and Family Dysfunction (CRN 46142)
Early Childhood 199 – Curriculum Interventions & Strategies Supporting Children with Special Needs (CRN 42009)
Early Childhood 263 – Child Abuse and Referral (CRN 46241)

Organization: Orange Coast College
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Liveonline, requires weekly Zoom meetings
Dates: Classes start in January. Click here to search online class schedule (enter CRN).
Fee: Unit fees apply
Information: Click here for flier. Click here to view class schedule and register.

Scary Events and Young Children: Help Children Cope With Violence Around Them

Nothing seems safe when one of the most secure places in our country is overwhelmed with armed and angry people. Join this free conversational webinar with child psychologist and play therapist to hear his thoughts about what we can do to help young children during tumult.

Organization: Early Childhood Investigations Webinars
Audience: Parents with young children
Location: Webinar
Date: Tuesday, January 19, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register.

Be Kind To Your Mind

Mindfulness practices and strategies for parents to relax the body and mind to reduce stress.

Organization: Illumination Institute and the Orange County Office of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities
Audience: Parents
Location: Virtual workshop
Dates: Tuesday, January 19, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: RSVP here. Simultaneous Spanish and Vietnamese interpretation available. 

Active Parenting Classes, School-Aged Children

Join these interactive virtual classes to help you:

  • Balance discipline with affection
  • Praise your child’s good behavior
  • Reduce problem behaviors
  • Minimize power struggles
  • Communicate effectively
  • Navigate challenges of COVID-19 and its impact on parenting

All classes are Wednesdays, 5 – 7 p.m. Dates and topics are as follows:

  • January 20 – The Active Parent
  • January 27 – Cooperation and Communication
  • February 3 – Responsibility and Discipline
  • February 10 – Building Courage and Self-Esteem
  • February 17 – Understanding and Redirecting Misbehavior
  • February 24 – Active Parenting for School and Graduation and Putting It All Together (Q&A)

Organization: Olive Crest, funded by OC Health Care Agency
Audience: Parents with school-age children
Location: Virtual classes through Zoom
Dates: See above
Fee: Free
Information: Click here for flier. Call Magnolia Park Resource Center at 714-530-7413 to register. Class size is limited, pre-registration required.

Winter Parenting Webinar Series

Pretend City’s Education Team is joined by child development experts to help parents navigate the times we live in. Topics include:

  • Wellness and Care
  • Race and My Child
  • Science, Technology, Math and Preschoolers

Organization: Pretend City Children’s Museum
Audience: Parents with preschoolers
Location: Webinar
Dates: Wednesdays; January 20, February 3 and 17, March 3 and 17; 6 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Register here and select one or more of the sessions.

Accessing Special Education During COVID-19

Provides an overview of the different laws related to special education during COVID-19, explains guidance issued by the state, and share tips to help parents effectively participate in IEP meetings and communicate with school districts.

Organization: Disability Rights California and TASK
Audience: Parents with school-age children having special needs or developmental disabilties
Location: Virtual workshop
Date: Wednesday, January 20, 6 – 8 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here for flier. Click here to register. Email paulawh@taskca.org if questions.

Inclusion 101 – Live Distance Learning: Building Blocks for Teaching Preschoolers with Special Needs

In this two-day introductory session, participants will define early childhood inclusion, understand the research behind inclusion, and address the indicators needed in order to provide an inclusive early childhood setting.

Organization: Orange County Department of Education
Audience: Pre K – 3 administrators, general/special educators, instructional coaches and service providers
Location: Virtual workshop
Dates: Thursdays, January 21 and February 4, 2 – 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $125 per person, includes materials and Building Blocks for Teaching Preschoolers with Special Needs
Information: Click here for flier. Click here to register by January 4. Contact csalisbury@ocde.us or 714-966-4405 for more information. 

Learning Link Virtual Model

Free interactive virtual learning center for parents and their children ages 0-5 years old. Activities for all ages are available for you and your child to do together. Parent educator available to answer questions regarding general development, parenting, cognitive/academic, and social/emotional development.

Organization: Irvine Unified School District Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC)
Audience: Parents with children 0-5 years old
Location: Virtual workshop
Date: Monday, January 25, 9 – 10 a.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here for flier. Click here to register. Email TinaAli@iusd.org for more information.

“No Small Matter” Virtual Screening

Through poignant stories and surprising humor, this documentary lays out the overwhelming evidence for the importance of the first five years, and reveals how our failure to act on that evidence has resulted in an everyday crisis for American families, and a slow-motion devastation for the country. Click here to view sneak peek.

Organization: Communities That Care
Audience: Parents and families with children 0 - 5 years old
Location: Virtual screening
Date: Wednesday, January 27, 8 - 10:30 a.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register.

Provoking Inquiry with Loose Parts

Explore the 6 w’s that serve as a framework to select and set up loose parts that provoke children’s inquiry. Participants will learn to:

  • Reflect as they curate, design, and introduce loose parts to provoke children’s thinking.
  • Use the 6 w’s (what, when, where, who, why, and how) as they plan to curate loose parts to maximize children’s creative and innovative capacities.
  • Rethink their understanding of the power of loose parts to better support children’s inquiry.

Organization: Early Childhood Investigations Webinars
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Webinar
Date: Wednesday, January 27, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register.

February 2021

The Growing Brain: From Birth to 5 Years Old

Professional development opportunity in the ZERO TO THREE Curriculum to stay up to date on brain development and strategies to best support the growing brains of infants and young children. Join a certified trainer for one, two, or all four dates and topics:

  • Wednesday, February 3: Factors Affecting Brain Growth and Development
  • Wednesday, March 3: Cognition and Executive Functioning
  • Wednesday, April 7: Understanding Behavior
  • Wednesday, May 5: Everyday Play

Organization: Help Me Grow Orange County
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Webinar
Dates: See above. All trainings are 2 – 4 p.m.
Fee: $80, includes training materials and access to all four training dates.
Information: Click here for flier. Click here to register.

Developmental Screening Parent Workshop: Zoom, Screen and Grow

Do you have a child between 0-5 years old? Do you have questions about your child's development? Join this free workshop on child development and the importance of developmental screening to parents of young children.

Organization: Help Me Grow Orange County
Audience: Parents with children 0-5 years old
Location: Virtual workshop
Date: Wednesday, February 10, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. (Spanish workshop offered Wednesday, February 17, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.)
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register for English workshop, click here to register for Spanish workshop.

Supporting Children’s Mental Health and Social Relationships

Join Grace Jones, school psychologist, to learn helpful strategies to support your child’s mental health and peer relationship skills using a positive growth mindset.

Organization: Laguna Beach Early Learning Community Task Force
Audience: Parents with children 0 - 5 years old
Location: Virtual workshop
Date: Wednesday, February 10, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here for flier. Click here to register and receive Zoom link. Email sbandettini@lbusd.org for more information.

Learn, Play and Grow at Home!

Join these parent forums to learn about four early childhood topics. All forums are 1 - 2 p.m., participate in one or all four. Zoom link is provided after you register.

  • Thursday, February 18 - Let’s Think about Brain Development
  • Thursday, February 25 - Language and Communication: A Two Way Street
  • Thursday, March 4 - The Good, Sad and Upset: A Look at Social Emotional Development
  • Thursday, March 11 - Go Play! Why it’s Important for your Child

Organization: Help Me Grow Orange County
Audience: Parents with children 0-5 years old
Location: Virtual workshops
Dates: See above
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register

Supporting the Social Emotional Development of Infants & Toddlers

This workshop is designed to support continuous improvement efforts of infant/toddler programs and will help participants to:  

  • Identify various influences on an infant or toddler’s social emotional development
  • Identify social emotional skills and knowledge typically acquired by infants and toddlers from birth to 3 years
  • Recognize specific program practices that support healthy social emotional development of infants and toddlers in group care settings

Organization: Orange County Department of Education, Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC) Regional Support Network
Audience: Early childhood professionals, birth to 36 months
Location: Virtual webinar
Dates: Tuesday, February 23 and Thursday, February 25, 5 - 7 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to view flier. Register here by February 5. Email csalisbury@ocde.us for registration assistance.

March 2021

Inclusion 101 – Self Paced Canvas Course: Building Blocks for Teaching Preschoolers with Special Needs

In this two-day introductory session, participants will define early childhood inclusion, understand the research behind inclusion, and address the indicators needed in order to provide an inclusive early childhood setting.

Organization: Orange County Department of Education
Audience: Pre K – 3 administrators, general/special educators, instructional coaches and service providers
Location: Virtual workshop
Dates: Self-paced Canvas course access starts March 15, and access ends on April 19.
Fee: $125 per person, includes materials and Building Blocks for Teaching Preschoolers with Special Needs
Information: Click here for flier. Click here to register by March 1. Contact csalisbury@ocde.us or 714-966-4405 for more information.