Training Calendar

The Child Care Coordination Office compiles this list of workshops and training events for individuals caring for children in order to support all areas of children’s development from birth through elementary age. These events are organized by third-party organizations, unless otherwise noted, and are not managed by the City of Irvine.

Please see the upcoming live and virtual workshops listed below to continue your professional development or parent education journey.

To view a list of recorded webinars and self-paced online training modules, as well as additional resources, please visit our On-Demand Training and Resources page.

September

Learning Link Activity Center

Includes activities for parents or caregivers to do with their children. Parent educator available to answer questions regarding general development, parenting, cognitive/academic, and social/emotional development. Also includes community resources and referrals.

Organization: IUSD Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC)
Audience: Parents or caregivers and their children 0-5 years old
Location: ECLC, 1 Smoketree Lane, Irvine, 92604
Dates: Mondays & Wednesdays, 8:45 – 10:45 a.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here for more information and to sign up. Participation requires all families to enroll through ECLC Volunteer Program. Email tinaali@iusd.org for more information.

Foster & Kinship Care Education Online Workshops

A variety of virtual workshops are offered in September, including the following remaining topics (September 28 - 30):

  • Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TRBI) 
  • Learning Circle for Resource Parents - Finding Your Voice Through Advocacy

​​Organization: Saddleback College Foster & Kinship Care Education Program
AudienceFoster parents and caregivers
Location: Virtual
Dates: See flier for full schedule
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to view flier. Use registration links on the flier. After registering you will receive a confirmation email about joining the class.

Preschool Storytime

Children 3 - 5 years old and their caregivers will enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes.

Organization: Orange County Public Libraries – Heritage Park Library  
Audience: Parents and caregivers with children 3 - 5 years old
Location: 14361 Yale, Irvine, 92604 
Dates: Thursdays; now through November 17; 11 a.m.  
Fee: Free  
Information: Click here for flier. Call 949-936-4040 for more information.

Learn, Play & Grow at Home

Participate in one or all remaining weekly sessions to discuss these topics:

  • Social Emotional Development
  • Why Play is Important for Your Child

Organization: Help Me Grow Orange County
Audience: Parents and caregivers having children 0-5 years old
Location: Virtual
Dates: Thursdays; September 29 and October 6; 1 – 2 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here for flier and click on registration link or click here to register.

Baby Storytime

Enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes meant to get your baby bouncing!

Organization: Orange County Public Libraries – Heritage Park Library  
Audience: Parents and caregivers with babies from birth to 12 months old  
Location: 14361 Yale, Irvine, 92604 
Dates: Tuesdays; now through November 15; 10 – 11 a.m.  
Fee: Free  
Information: Click here for flier. Call 949-936-4040 for more information.

Financial Support and Sustainability for Your Child Care Business

Discuss common types of funding and potential local supports as well as some important tips and considerations for ensuring that a child care business remains financially strong and sustainable.

Organization: Child Care Aware of America 
Audience: Child care providers
Location: Virtual 
Date: Wednesday, September 28, 10 – 11 a.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register.

How Your Culture Influences Expectations & Children’s Behavior

Explore the dynamics of culture in shaping teachers’ expectation and children’s behavior. This webinar will raise questions that will help you to:

  • Become aware of how culture shapes our identity and provides us with ground rules for interpreting and acting in the world.
  • Understand how even unconscious attitudes guide our interactions with children, our expectations, and our appreciation of children’s skills, abilities, and behavior,
  • Explore the importance of cross-cultural competence.

Organization: Early Childhood Investigations
Audience: Child care providers
Location: Virtual
Date: Thursday, September 29, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register. If unable to attend live webinar, all registered participants receive a link to the recording within 4 hours after the webinar concludes.

October

Foster & Kinship Care Education Online Workshops

A variety of virtual workshops are offered in October, including the following topics:

  • Learning Circle for Resource Parents - Partnering with Birth Parents
  • Trust-Based Relational Intervention - Learning and Connecting Group
  • Positive Discipline for Traumatized Children
  • Helping Children with Anxiety and Depression
  • Navigating the World of Autism
  • Finding Balance: Caring for Yourself While You Care for Others

​​Organization: Saddleback College Foster & Kinship Care Education Program
Audience: Foster parents and caregivers
Location: Virtual
Dates: See flier for full schedule
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to view flier. Use registration links on the flier. After registering you will receive a confirmation email about joining the class.

Happiness in the “Baby Room”: Supporting the Well-Being of Infant-Toddler Care Professionals

Join this session to:

  • Consider well-being and learn about how its 9 elements support overall well-being for children and infant-toddler care professionals.
  • Identify 4 stages of the birth-to-three period and learn to support the well-being and brain development of children at each stage.
  • Understand how a lack of well-being in infant toddler care and education (ITCE) professionals may result in dissatisfaction and unhappiness, diminish their capacity to care appropriately and sensitively, and increase the risk they will leave their positions or the field as a whole.
  • Make an action plan to support the well-being of ITCE professionals by addressing 3 key needs and motivations: (1) community belonging; (2) safety and security; and (3) professional identity.

Organization: Early Childhood Investigations
Audience: Child care providers
Location: Virtual
Date: Thursday, October 6, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register. If unable to attend live webinar, all registered participants receive a link to the recording within 4 hours after the webinar concludes.

Books and Babies: Selecting the Best Books and Related Activities for Infants and Toddlers

Discover the building blocks for scaffolding early literacy skills in pre-mobile infants through talking toddlers and come away with practical tips and activities for children in your care. Learn:

  • What research tells us about how babies and toddlers acquire language and literacy skills
  • How to select the best books for each stage of infant toddler development
  • Easy-to-implement literacy activities for the infants and toddlers in your care
  • How to use books to create meaningful connections with your children’s families

Organization: Early Childhood Investigations
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Virtual
Date: Thursday, October 12, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register. If unable to attend live webinar, all registered participants receive a link to the recording within 4 hours after the webinar concludes.

Read to a Dog

Reading is more fun and exciting when you are reading a book to a dog. Read aloud to specially trained dogs in a relaxed and calm environment.

Organization: Orange County Public Libraries – Heritage Park Library  
Audience: Children who read  
Location: 14361 Yale, Irvine, 92604 
Dates: Mondays; October 17, November 21, and December 19; 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.  
Fee: Free  
Information: Click here for flier. Call 949-936-4040 for more information.

On the Shoulders of Giants Scientific Symposium: When it Comes to Brain Development…Sex Matters!

Explore the impact of sex on brain development and mental health disorders with talks by pioneering neuroscientist Margaret McCarthy, PhD, and her proteges.

Organization: Child Mind Institute
Audience: Parents and families with young children (0 – 5 years old)
Location: Virtual 
Date: Thursday, October 20,  2 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register.

Accessing Public Benefits for Persons with Developmental Disabilities

A virtual training series to help you get the services/supports you need. Attend one or all.

  • Friday, October 21 - How to Navigate Services and Supports
  • Friday, November 11 - In-Home Supportive Services Essentials: Getting the help you need
  • Friday, December 9 - Social Security Benefits Based on Disability: When and how to apply
  • Friday, January 13 - Permanently Residing Under Color of Law (PRUCOL) / Cash Assistance Payments to Immigrants (CAPI) Basics
  • Friday, February 10 - Regional Center Services: Using your Individual Program Planning (IPP) /Person-Centered Planning to accomplish your goals

Organization: State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD)
Audience: Parents and families having a child with a developmental disability
Location: Virtual 
Dates: See above for specific dates, all trainings are 10 a.m. – 12 p.m..
Fee: Free
Information: Pre-registration required. Click here to register. Confirmation emails sent to registered participants with information about joining the meeting. More information: qualityconnections@yahoo.com