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.

October

Zero to Three Annual Conference

This year’s theme is Take Heart. Join this conference to advance shared goals, grow your professional network, and deepen your learning and practice.

Organization: Zero to Three
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Virtual
Dates: Monday, October 25 – Friday, October 29, 6:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Fee: $599 includes 5-day conference programming, 30-day access to all recorded sessions, and CEUs for all sessions, live or recorded.
Information: Click here for more information and to register.

The Magic of Music and Movement in Early Childhood Education

The goal of the session is to reaffirm the use of music in the classroom by showing how, when combined with movement, it can be a vital and powerful tool in the education of children.

Organization: edWeb.net
Audience: Early childhood educators
Location: Virtual
Date: Monday, October 25, 1 - 2 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register for the live webinar, click here to register to receive a an email with a link to the recording.

Music and Movement Activities That Support Young Children’s Social & Emotional Learning

Learn about fun and accessible music activities that support a range of social and emotional skills, such as cooperation, prosocial skills, and self-regulation, which all contribute to social competence and positive group process in the preschool classroom. Gain strategies for extending the music making—and therefore the developmental benefits—to the home.

Organization: edWeb.net
Audience: Early childhood educators
Location: Virtual
Date: Tuesday, October 26, 1 - 2 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register for the live webinar, click here to register to receive a an email with a link to the recording.

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health: What is it?

Become familiar with the field of infant and early childhood mental health, explore the developmental tasks associated with mental health in the first five years of life, and increase your understanding of factors that influence children’s well-being. Topics include:

  • The role of early learning and care providers in mental health promotion
  • Identifying red flags and signs of atypical social-emotional development
  • A brief overview of referrals and treatment specific to infants and young children

Organization: WestEd – California Inclusion & Behavior Consultant Network (CIBCN)
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Virtual
Date: Tuesday, October 26, 4 – 5 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here for more information and enrollment link.

The Power of Emotional Intelligence for Children Birth Through Eight

Discuss how to use the power of emotional intelligence to foster and support children’s emotional well-being, providing them with an emotional toolkit for life, starting at birth.

Organization: Early Childhood Investigations Webinars
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Webinar
Date: Wednesday, October 27, 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. 

Virtual Roundtable: Financing challenges of women-owned home child care businesses

Home childcare owners learn about funding and avoiding predatory lending, plus engage in an interactive discussion on barriers to financing.

Organization: Small Business Majority
Audience: Women-owned home child care businesses
Location: Virtual
Date: Wednesday, October 27, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register.

Family Autism Halloween Night at Pretend City

Explore the museum in a sensory-friendly environment. Children are encouraged to dress up in their favorite costume and trick-or-treat around the museum. Community partners specializing in support for children on the autism spectrum, and other disabilities, will be on-hand to enrich your family’s play experience with welcoming smiles and practical support.

Organization: Pretend City
Audience: Children of all ages on the autism spectrum, their therapists, and their family
Location: Pretend City, 29 Hubble, Irvine, 92618
Date: Thursday, October 28, 5 - 7 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register. Only families with a reservation and confirmation will be allowed to enter the museum.

Active Parenting First Five Years

Join this series to discuss such topics as:

  • You and your child
  • Preventing behavioral problems
  • Encouraging positive behavior

Organization: Olive Crest
Audience: Parents and caregivers having children 0 - 5 years old
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Dates: Thursdays, October 28 – December 16, 5:30 -7:30 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Pre-registration required, click here for flier and registration instructions.

Let’s Go Potty

Get suggestions on how to start toilet training with your toddler

Organizations: The Priority Center and School Readiness
Audience: Parents and caregivers with children not yet toilet trained
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Date: Friday, October 29, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., or 5 -6 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Pre-registration required. Click here for flier and scan QR code to register. More information 714-559-0798 or email SR@ThePriorityCenter.org.

November

Parenting Tips for Managing Challenging Behavior in Children 2 -5 years old

Gain information to better understand and manage challenging toddler behavior.

Organization: Laguna Beach Early Learning Community Task Force
Audience: Parents and caregivers with children 2 – 5 years old
Location: Virtual
Date: Monday, November 1, 1 – 2 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here for flier. Contact sbandettini@lbusd.org for more information.

Goals, Accommodations & Services

Review the necessary elements included in goals and the service delivery options and accommodations that may be needed to ensure they are met.

Organization: State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD)
Audience: Parents having children with developmental disabilities
Location: Virtual
Date: Tuesday, November 2, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to view flier of all fall workshops offered through SCDD. Click here to register.  

Coaching and Supervising Staff for Social Emotional Development Growth: Prioritizing Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in Your Program

Explore the most current thinking about social-emotional development and how to ensure the staff you supervise are applying best practices in their classrooms. Join this webinar to learn that you need to coach for implementation and supervise for success:

Organization: Early Childhood Investigations Webinars
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Webinar
Date: Wednesday, November 3, 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. 

Training on Developmental/Behavioral Screening Tools

Join this two-part training on Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ-3) and Ages and Stages Questionnaires: Social Emotional (ASQ:SE-2) to learn:

  • Benefits of developmental screenings
  • Features and scoring of both ASQ’s with hands-on practice
  • Describing and interpreting cutoff scores
  • Reviewing sensitive communication of screenings results: and
  • Discussing appropriate follow-up and referrals

Organization: Help Me Grow Orange County
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Dates: Thursday and Friday, November 4 and 5, 9-11:30 a.m.
Fee: $55 for individuals living or working in Orange County
Information: Click here to register. More information contact Lacy.Ginter@choc.org.

Orange County Association for the Education of Young Children (OCAEYC) Open House and Job Fair

  • Meet and network with local programs with employment opportunities
  • Meet & Greet with OCAEYC board and fellow members
  • Meet and chat with local vendors and community partners

Organization: OCAEYC
Audience: Early childhood professionals, and individuals interested in joining the early childhood workforce
Location: Pretend City Children’s Museum, 29 Hubble, Irvine, 92618
Date: Saturday, November 6, 5 – 8 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to view flier and scan QR code to fill out an interest form if you are interested in hosting a table or click here for the interest form. 

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Annual Conference

Discover the latest research and best practices, and engage with our diverse community of professionals. This year's virtual event features:

  • Over 100 essential professional learning sessions
  • Opportunities to connect with other NAEYC members
  • The NAEYC Expo with inspiring solutions and expert advice
  • Fun and educational activities to extend your learning
  • On-Demand access through November 30

Organization: NAEYC
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Virtual
Dates: Saturday - Tuesday, November 6 – 9 (click here to view the schedule)
Fee: $300 to $435 (click here for details).
Information: Click here for more information and here to register.

The Keys to Effective Practice-Based Coaching: A Framework for Early Childhood Leaders

Learn about a coaching framework for supporting early childhood practitioners’ use of evidence-informed teaching practices.

Organization: Early Childhood Investigations Webinars
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Webinar
Date: Wednesday, November 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. 

Monthly Lunch & Learn Webinars for Early Learning Professionals

Gain professional development and learn about available support and community resources. Dates and topics are as follows:

  • Wednesday, November 10, 12:30 – 2 p.m.: Learning to Manage Stress and Embrace Self-Care
  • Wednesday, December 1, 1 – 2 p.m.: Mindfulness in a Preschool Classroom
  • Wednesday, January 5, 12:30 – 2 p.m.: Deeper Dive into Mindfulness
  • Wednesday, February 9, 1 – 2 p.m.: Building Trauma Informed Preschool Classrooms
  • Wednesday, March 2, 1 – 2 p.m.: Understanding the Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) with children 0 – 5 years old
  • Wednesday, April 6, 1 – 2 p.m.: Building Resilience and Hope

Organizations: Laguna Beach Early Learning Community Task Force and Behavioral Health Training Collaborative
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Virtual
Dates: Click here for flier
Fee: Free
Information: Pre-registration required, click here to register. 

Child Care Stabilization Grants and New Tax Changes for 2021

This webinar will cover all the new tax changes affecting family child care providers for 2021. These include the Child Care Stabilization Grants, SBA forgivable loans, new child tax credit, what’s deductible in the era of COVID, calculating your Time-Space% if you have been closed, and more.

Organization: Early Childhood Investigations Webinars
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Webinar
Date: Thursday, November 11, 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. 

Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) Parent Education Series: Challenging Behaviors in Young Children

Children use challenging behaviors to communicate their needs and wants in a powerful way. This presentation provides parents with many positive strategies to prevent, manage, and reduce these behaviors.

Organization: Irvine Unified School District ECLC
Audience: Parents and caregivers having 3-5 year-old children
Location: 1 Smoketree Lane, Irvine, 92604 (10 a.m.) or virtual via Zoom (1:15 p.m.)
Date: Thursday, November 18, 10 – 11 a.m. or 1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register. Contact SchoolReadiness@IUSD.org or call 949-936-8624 for more information.

Coffee & Conversation: Getting Your Behavior Questions Answered

Join staff from Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) including principal, special education coordinator, nurse, early learning specialist and parent educator, for a discussion on childhood behavior.

Organization: Irvine Unified School District ECLC
Audience: Parents and caregivers with 3-5 year old children
Location: 1 Smoketree Lane, Irvine, 92604 (10 a.m.) or virtual via Zoom (1:15 p.m.)
Date: Friday, November 19, 10 – 11 a.m. or 1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register.

December

Save the Dates – Parent Education Webinars

Informative parent webinars to support healthy growth and development, social emotional learning, and school success skills.

  • December 6: Stop Stressing and Start Coping for the Holidays
  • January 24: “ABC Talk with Me!” Tips to Support Speech and Language Development
  • March 7: Parenting Tips to Support Positive Self Awareness and Social Skills

Organization: Laguna Beach Early Learning Community Task Force
Audience: Parents and caregivers with children 2 – 5 years old
Location: Virtual
Dates: See above for specific dates and topics. All webinars are Monday, from 1 – 2 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here for flier and scan QR code to register. Contact sbandettini@lbusd.org for more information.

January

Young Children in Foster Care and Kinship Care

Identify how early learning and care providers can support young children who receive services through child welfare. Case examples will be shared to promote understanding of the diversity of families and the services they receive. Topics include:

  • The prevalence of young children in the child welfare system
  • How to foster care and kinship care differ?
  • Communicating and collaborating with families on behalf of their children
  • Trauma and resilience in young children

Organization: WestEd – California Inclusion & Behavior Consultant Network (CIBCN)
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Virtual
Date: Wednesday, January 26, 4 – 5 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here for more information and enrollment link.