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 webinars listed below to continue your professional development or parent education journey while practicing social distancing to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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.

May

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.

America’s Child-Care Crisis: Rethinking an Essential Business

Takes a hard look at the current state of the industry and explores how to save this critical service by:

  • Identifying the systemic changes needed
  • Altering public opinion of the field
  • Securing state and federal dollars for the private sector
  • Prioritizing the growth of family child-care homes
  • Educating parents on quality care and helping them access it
  • Obtaining business support

Organization: edWeb.net
Audience: Child care providers, Pre-K through 3rd grade educators
Location: Webinar
Date: Thursday, May 13, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register for the live webinar. Click here to register to receive an email with a link to the recording the day after the live broadcast.

Progressive Early Childhood Leadership: From Aspiration to Implementation

Becoming a program leader is multi-faceted and requires business acumen, adult learner development as well as pedagogical understanding. Join this webinar to:

  • Learn about foundational elements of early childhood program leadership, including Vision, Mission and Program Philosophy.
  • Understand the importance of reflective practice in team building through professional development, coaching, and mentoring.
  • Explore ways to ensure equity and social justice issues are foundational in your program leadership and family engagement within a context of ethical conduct.
  • Develop an understanding of the business side of running an early childhood program with clear policies and procedures.
  • Consider the importance of community engagement and advocacy in your local area, securing your programs’ stability.

Organization: Early Childhood Investigations Webinars
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Virtual
Date: Thursday, May 13, 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.

Fun with Fingers: Sharpen your Child’s Fine Motor Skills for Kindergarten Readiness

Hear from Irvine Unified School District Early Childhood Learning Center's (ECLC) School Readiness Nurses and Early Learning Specialist on how parents can design their at-home environment and activities for their preschooler to support fine motor development skills for Kindergarten Readiness.

Organization: ECLC
Audience: Parents with children 2-5 years old
Location: Virtual workshop
Date: Thursday, May 13, 1 – 2 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register.

Community Training-Positive Parenting Series

Review the five key principles of positive parenting, discuss key building blocks in raising confident and successful children, and review the importance for teaching children how to manage their feelings to become resilient when dealing with life stress.

Organization: School Readiness
Audience: Families having children 0-5 years old
Location: Virtual
Dates: Thursdays; May 13, 20, and 27; 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 5 – 6 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here for flier. Pre-registration required. Email SR@ThePriorityCenter.org or call 714-225-9269 to register.

Setting Up Learning Environments in Your Family Child Care Home

Join this webinar to:

  • Identify safe indoor and outdoor environments,
  • Gain new ideas for child care space, and
  • Evaluate your own learning environments.

Organization: Children’s Home Society of California – Long Beach
Audience: Family-based child care providers
Location: Virtual
Date: Thursday, May 13, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register.

Orange County Association for the Education of Young Children (OCAEYC) Coffee and Conversations + Teacher Talk

Join to connect with other OCAEYC members, share something you are working on and ask questions of your fellow members.

Organization: OCAEYC
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Virtual event
Date: Wednesday, May 14, 10 - 11 a.m.
Fee: Free for members, $5 for non-members
Information: Click here to register. Email info@ocaeyc.com for more information.

Active Play Workshop: Everyone Has a Role

Learn what role you can have to help promote active play in the life of a young child.

Organization: Healthy Living OC, Orange County Health Care Agency
Audience: Parents, early childhood care providers and teachers
Location: Virtual
Date: Tuesday, May 18, 10 – 11 a.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here for flier. Click here to register. More information healthylivingoc@ochca.com or call 1-833-464-4562.

Creating, Customizing, and Using Visual Schedules with Students on the Autism Spectrum

Students with autism tend to thrive when they have predictable routines and well-defined expectations. Not only do these help minimize anxiety, but they promote understanding, confidence, and willingness to participate. Attendees will learn:

  • What a visual schedule is
  • Why they are so important
  • What they accomplish
  • When they are necessary
  • How to create, customize, and implement visual schedules

Organization: edWeb.net
Audience: Child care providers, Pre-K through12th grade educators
Location: Webinar
Date: Tuesday, May 18, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register for the live webinar. Click here to register to receive an email with a link to the recording the day after the live broadcast.

OC Professional Development Opportunity – Preschool GLAD (Guided Language Acquisition Design)

Designed to strengthen early childhood instructional support for dual language learners. Consists of six modules delivered through a blended and job-embedded professional learning model. Includes handbook and activity guide. Participants:

  • Learn research and theory about dual language learners
  • Develop skills to enhance relationships with children and families
  • Practice strategies for distance learning and in-person instruction, and
  • Plan for implementation.

Organization: Orange County Department of Education
Audience: Preschool educators, family child care providers, and early childhood professionals
Location: Virtual
Dates: Tuesdays, May 18, 25 and June 1, 8, 15, and 22; 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here for flier and registration links. Registration for Option 1 is closed. Option 2 dates are displayed above. Use Access code 30518 to register for Option 2. Call 714-966-4404 or email csanchez@ocde.us for more information.

Got Assets? 40 Developmental Assets Workshop

Learn how to strengthen family bonds, create positive family communication and guide your children to lead healthy lives.

Organizations: Magnolia Park Family Resource Center, Orange County Health Care Agency, Buena Clinton Youth & Family Center
Audience: Families having children 0-5 years old
Location: Virtual
Date: Tuesday, May 18, 5 – 6 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here for flier. Click here to register. More information 714-530-7413.

Responding to Childhood Trauma

Builds on the concept of trauma-informed care by helping providers understand the message behind a child’s behavior. Provides strategies to:

  • Build healthy attachments with all children
  • Regulate a dysregulated child and build secure, consistent attachments with children in your care.

Organizations: Children’s Home Society of California – Long Beach, Emergency Child Care Bridge Program
Audience: Child care providers
Location: Virtual
Date: Tuesday, May 18, 5 - 7 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register.

Promoting Evidence-Based Practices in Programs for Children and Youth with Autism

Participants will:

  • Discover intervention practices for children and youth with autism that have evidence of efficacy
  • Learn about teacher-friendly resources that translate reliable research into practical instruction and intervention practices
  • See how to select practices to address individualized learning objectives and goals
  • Get a process that teachers can use to support paraprofessionals’ use of the practices

Organization: Brookes Publishing
Audience: Teachers and caregivers of preschoolers through high school students
Location: Virtual
Date: Wednesday, May 19, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register.

Nature-based Learning Environments: What Every Early Childhood Program Leader Needs to Know

Discuss the theory and specific strategies related to:

  • Preparing the indoor classroom
  • Shifting the outdoor classroom to a more natural play area
  • Utilizing spaces beyond the fence of the play area
  • Considerations for supporting spaces (e.g., extra gear storage)
  • Adhering to licensing regulations while implementing a nature-based approach

Organization: Early Childhood Investigations Webinars
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Webinar
Date: Wednesday, May 19, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register.

Getting Ready to Learn: Using Media Resources to Support Young Learners

Discuss pedagogy, practical tips and techniques for integrating media resources into everyday learning activities for young learners at school and at home to introduce, reinforce and enrich learning for every young child. Attendees will get a special preview of some of the literacy, science, math, and social studies videos and accompanying resources that teachers and parents can use to ignite curiosity, build foundational skills, and introduce children to the wonder and joy of learning.

Organization: edWeb.net
Audience: Pre-K through elementary educators, early childhood program directors
Location: Webinar
Date: Wednesday, May 19, 1 - 2 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register for the live webinar. Click here to register to receive an email with a link to the recording the day after the live broadcast.

Strategies for Site Level Success: Resourcing Multilingual Learners (3-part series)

Strengthen your capacity to deliver intentional and inclusive programming that supports young people in developing language skills and learning English.

Organization: National After School Association (NAA)
Audience: School-age child care providers
Location: Virtual
Dates: Thursdays; May 20, June 10, and July 22; 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Fee: Free for NAA Executive members ($99/year)
Information: Click here to register.

Two-Part Training: Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ-3) and Ages and Stages Questionnaires: Social Emotional (ASQ: SE-2)

Participants will be introduced to the benefits of developmental screening and features of the ASQ-3 and ASQ: SE-2. Participants learn how to:

  • Score ASQ-3 and ASQ: SE-2 with hands-on practice;
  • Describe and interpret cutoff scores;
  • Review sensitive communication of screenings results; and
  • Discuss appropriate follow-up and referrals

Organization: Help Me Grow Orange County
Audience: Early childhood professionals, anyone interested in learning about norm-referenced screening tools
Location: Virtual
Dates: Monday, May 24 and Tuesday, May 25; 9 - 11 a.m.
Fee: $55 (living or working in Orange County); $90 (living or working outside of Orange County)
Information: Click here to register. Zoom link sent to registered participants on Friday, May 21.

Teaching Expectations and Rules in Early Childhood Classrooms and Programs

Discuss how to use behavior expectations and rules as a powerful strategy for strengthening young children’s social-emotional skills, which will lead to fewer behavior challenges down the line. Learn how to establish program-wide expectations and link them to your teaching of classroom rules, while making families an integral part of the process. Participants will:

  • Get clear working definitions of “expectations” vs. “rules”
  • Learn strategies for creating both expectations and rules for early childhood classrooms
  • Discover new strategies to teach young children about behavior expectations and rules
  • Get strategies for sharing behavior expectations with families and collaborating with them effectively

Organization: Brookes Publishing
Audience: Early childhood educators
Location: Virtual
Date: Wednesday, May 26, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register.

Overcoming the Challenges of Integrating Nature into the Early Childhood Classroom

Discuss challenges and possible solutions related to:

  • Adhering to licensing regulations while implementing a nature-based approach
  • Adjusting program structure to integrate more outdoor time
  • Preparing the physical environment (inside and outside)
  • Making more intentional connections between outdoor and indoor learning
  • Supporting families when integrating more nature-based activities into the curriculum

Organization: edWeb.net
Audience: Pre-K through elementary educators, child care providers
Location: Webinar
Date: Thursday, May 27, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register for the live webinar. Click here to register to receive an email with a link to the recording the day after the live broadcast.

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

Staff Retention from Inception: Effective Interviews and Onboarding in Early Childhood Education

Learn key components of an effective onboarding strategy to help build a team that makes you proud. Join to:

  • Nail down what you value in an employee and create a process to communicate the values and mission of your organization from the interview through the onboarding process.
  • Learn an exact framework for breaking apart the components of your unique onboarding system and laying it into a systematic and consistent process.
  • Understand the importance of training instructional design, which means moving away from paper manuals and creating a more engaging and interactive onboarding experience.

Organization: Early Childhood Investigations Webinars
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Webinar
Date: Wednesday, June 9, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register.

Playing Makes You Smarter!

Discover how to teach the whole child with hands-on activities, games, centers, and play!

Organization: edWeb.net
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Webinar
Date: Thursday, June 10, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register for the live webinar. Click here to register to receive an email with a link to the recording the day after the live broadcast.

Wonder of Wonders! Harnessing the Wonder of Play through Provocations

What is a play provocation and how can we support and expand the hidden potential of children’s play? In this session, participants will:

  • Explore the key ways to observe potential possibilities for Play Provocations
  • Reflect on the dynamic cycle of play and the unique points in the cycle where we can provoke and expand children’s play.
  • Examine the fundamental conditions required for a highly effective play provocation.
  • Reflect on the steps to creating a Play Provocation.

Organization: Early Childhood Investigations Webinars
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Virtual
Date: Thursday, June 10, 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.

Sibshop Workshop Sibling Classes

Discusses the issues and needs facing siblings of children with special needs. Helps siblings connect with others who have a similar path. Workshop focus:

  • Building self-worth + self-identity + self-confidence
  • Connecting siblings to others who have a similar path
  • Minimizing concerns + maximizing opportunities for siblings
  • Learning about the impacts of disability
  • Having fun through discussion + play-based activities

Organization: Infinity Kids
Audience: Children having a sibling with special needs
Location: 22691 Lambert St., #502, Lake Forest, 92630
Date: Saturday, June 12, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Fee: $35, includes lunch
Information: Click here or call 949-273-6503 for more information and to sign up

Finding the Audacity of Equality in the Stories of Immigrants and Refugees

When you possess the audacity of equality—the idea that you have equal rights and the same protections as any American citizen—you expect more no matter where you were born. For many immigrants and refugees, the audacity of equality has not yet been realized. Join this webinar to address these questions:

  • How can educators help instill the audacity of equality in all students?
  • How do we help them develop a sense of pride for who they are and help them understand their importance in America?
  • How do we empower them so that when they do face injustice and discrimination, they will know to stand up and fight it?

Organization: edWeb.net
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Webinar
Date: Tuesday, June 15, 1 – 2 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register for the live webinar. Click here to register to receive an email with a link to the recording the day after the live broadcast.

August

Ready and Resilient! Promoting the Resilience of Children and Adults

Unpack key elements for creating early childhood environments that promote strong social-emotional development and how to build the protective factors both adults and children need to be resilient. Learn to:

  • Define the words risk factors, protective factors and resilience.
  • Explain behaviors related to building protective factors in children.
  • Explain behavior related to building protective factors in adults.

Organization: Early Childhood Investigations Webinars
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Virtual
Date: Wednesday, August 4, 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.