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.

March

Active Parenting Classes for School-Aged Children

Join virtual classes designed to help parents balance discipline with affection, praise child’s good behavior, reduce problem behaviors, minimize power struggles, communicate effectively, and address challenges of COVID-19 and its impact on parenting. Topics include:

  • Session 1, March 6 – The Active Parent
  • Session 2, March 13 – Cooperation and Communication
  • Session 3, March 20 – Responsibility and Discipline
  • Session 4, March 27 – Building Courage and Self Esteem
  • Session 5, April 10 – Understanding and Redirecting Misbehavior
  • Session 6, April 17 – 7 Smart Tips for School Success and Limiting Risks

Organization: Olive Crest
Audience: Parents with school-age children
Location: Virtual
Date: Saturdays, see above, 9:15 – 10:45 a.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here for flier. Call 714-263-1454 or email Jocelyn-Arredondo@olivecrest.org to register or for more information.

Let’s Talk! Monthly Parent-to-Parent Support Group

All parents and/or caregivers of a child with a neurodevelopmental disability are welcome. The journey is extraordinary and at times overwhelming. Parent-to-Parent Group invites you to share experiences, successes, challenges and the impacts on your family. Come to be uplifted, or lift someone else up.

Organization: UCI Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Audience: Parents and families having children with autism and neurodevelopmental disorders
Location: Virtual workshop
Dates: Every second Monday of the month, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here for flier. Click here to register. Call 949-267-0462 or email nelliev@hs.uci.edu for more information.

Success in Special Education: A Workshop Series for Parents & Caregivers

Series of interactive workshops designed to provide easy-to-understand information about Special Education. These workshops will help families become active and knowledgeable Individualized Education Program (IEP) team members with a focus on collaborating with schools.

Organization: UCI Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders (Regional Center of Orange County vendor)
Audience: Parents and families having children with IEP’s and special needs
Location: Virtual workshops
Dates for Special Education Basics: Tuesdays; March 9, and April 6, 6 – 8 p.m. See flier for more details.
Fee: $20 for Special Education Basics; $50 for Advanced Special Education.
Information: Click here for flier. Register and pay online here. If your child is a Regional Center consumer, contact your service coordinator. Regional Center of Orange County may cover the fees.

Anxiety and Depression, and the Impact of COVID-19

Learn signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression in children/adolescents in the context of COVID-19, as well as strategies to support children in the classroom.

Organization: Orange County Department of Education
Audience: Teachers, administrators, pupil personnel staff, school nurses
Location: Virtual
Date: Wednesday, March 10, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here for flier. Click here to register by Monday, March 8. Link will be sent to confirmed participants.

Challenging Behaviors in Young Children

Is your child’s behavior interfering with their learning, development, or success at home or at school? This presentation will address the meaning behind your child’s behavior and provide you with strategies to prevent, reduce, and manage challenging behavior.

Organization: Irvine Unified School District Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC)
Audience: Parents with children 0-5 years old
Location: Virtual
Date: Thursday; March 11, 1 – 2 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here for flier. Click here to register.

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. 

Exploring Equity with a Trauma-Informed Lens

Explore how implicit bias affects our understanding and actions without our conscious awareness. Topics include:

  • Implicit bias vs. explicit bias: What is the difference?
  • Engaging in courageous conversations
  • Considerations for everyday interactions, activities and planning

Organization: California Inclusion and Behavior Consultation (CIBC) Network
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Virtual
Date: Thursday, March 18, 4 – 5 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to view flier. Click here to register.  

Caring for a Child with Special Needs

A panel of experts discussing everything from early detection, resources for your child’s success, and advocacy support with school intervention. Panel discussion followed by attendee Q & A, with questions submitted through chat box.

Organizations: YMCA of Orange County, Help Me Grow, and Inclusive Education Project
Audience: Parents and early childhood professionals
Location: Virtual
Date: Thursday; March 18, 11, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here for flier. Click here to register.

Pediatric & Early Childhood Provider Conversations      

Join pediatric and early childhood providers for a conversation about the screening and treatment of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

Organization: Early Childhood OC
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Webinar
Date: Friday, March 19, 12 - 1 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here for more information and webinar registration link. 

Passport to Learning: An Adventure in Early Learning

An interactive parent and child adventure to explore fun and engaging early learning activities to support school readiness.

Organization: Laguna Beach Early Learning Community Task Force
Audience: Parents with children 0-5 years old
Location: Webinar
Date: Saturday, March 20, 9 – 10:30 a.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here for flier. Click here to register.   

Kinder’s Garden

Curious about what grows in your garden? Join for a virtual garden exploration.

Organization: Girls Inc. of Orange County
Audience: Parents with girls in Kindergarten
Location: Virtual
Date: Wednesday, March 24, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to complete online registration/authorization form

April

Suicide Prevention and Suicide Risk Assessment Training - Clinical Perspective

In-depth, clinical intervention training for individuals working in a clinical capacity, whether in a mental health, medical, or educational setting. Focuses on identifying invitations, risk assessment, suicide intervention model, safety planning and transfer of care.

Organization: Orange County Department of Education
Audience: Pupil personnel staff, school based mental health professionals, nurses, school administrators, and anyone involved in responding to suicide risk assessment.
Location: Virtual
Date: Tuesday, April 13, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here for flier. Click here to register by Friday, April 9. Link will be sent to confirmed participants.

Suicide Prevention 101

General, non-clinical overview on suicide awareness. Focuses on basic suicide intervention skills, identifying invitations, assessing for suicide, de-escalation, and linkage to professional services.

Organization: Orange County Department of Education
Audience: Teachers, school staff, school administrators
Location: Virtual
Date: Thursday, April 15, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here for flier. Click here to register by Monday, April 12. Link will be sent to confirmed participants.

Trauma Informed Care

Learn tools to manage traumatic stress. An overview of trauma, how it impacts students, and tips for how to engage with students in a trauma-informed manner will be shared.

Organization: Orange County Department of Education
Audience: School nurses, teachers, pupil personnel staff, administrators
Location: Virtual
Date: Friday, April 16, 9 – 9:45 a.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here for flier. Click here to register by Wednesday, April 14. Link will be sent to confirmed participants.

Healing in the Context of Relationships

Explore the essential role of the early learning and care workforce in responding to the risks associated with childhood adversity. Receive tools and strategies embedded in a trauma- and resiliency-informed perspective to support your daily work with young children and their families. Topics include:

  • Adult as a protective buffer and the role of self-care
  • Brain-based responsive strategies
  • Building resilience through positive childhood experiences

Organization: California Inclusion and Behavior Consultation (CIBC) Network
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Virtual
Date: Wednesday, April 21, 4 – 5 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to view flier. Click here to register.

Anxiety and Stress Management: Coping Strategies

Get strategies on how to help students to express, soothe, and cope with their anxiety. Learn tools for responding to a stressed or anxious child. Obtain practical strategies on how to support the mental health of your child.

Organization: Orange County Department of Education
Audience: School nurses, teachers, pupil personnel staff, administrators
Location: Virtual
Date: Thursday, April 22, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click  here for flier. Click here to register by Monday, April 19. Link will be sent to confirmed participants.

May

Community Empowerment: Building Hope and Resilience

Explore how to build hope and resilience in the face of toxic stress through community empowerment. Hear opportunities for those from various perspectives and backgrounds to identify wise actions toward healing.

Organization: Western Youth Services
Audience: Parents, early childhood professionals
Location: Virtual
Date: Wednesday, May 5, 9 – 11 a.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register.

Inclusive Programs for Young Children: Universal Design for Learning with a Trauma-Informed Lens

How do we combine trauma-informed practices and universal design for learning (UDL) as we build inclusive programs? Explore specific strategies within these frameworks to reduce barriers for young children impacted by trauma. Topics include:

  • An overview of UDL and trauma-informed practices
  • The neuroscience behind UDL and trauma-informed practices
  • How to leverage each framework to build inclusive programs

Organization: California Inclusion and Behavior Consultation (CIBC) Network
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Virtual
Date: Wednesday, May 12, 4 – 5 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to view flier. Click here to register.

June

Art and Creativity: Resilience-Building Interventions for Youth

Explore using art and creativity to buffer toxic stress and build resilience. Discuss various expressive art interventions that providers can use with youth. Includes a guided demonstration of some of these interventions and a group discussion of how to use creativity in your work.

Organization: Western Youth Services
Audience: Parents, early childhood professionals
Location: Virtual
Date: Wednesday, June 2, 9 – 11 a.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register