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.

May

Foster & Kinship Care Education Online Workshops

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

  • Swipe Right: Empowering Caregivers to Guide Their Child’s Social Media Use
  • Trust-Based Relational Intervention
  • Prudent Parenting
  • Attachment and Connection
  • Harmful Behaviors
  • Resource Roundup: What are the existing resources in your community?
  • Positive Discipline for Preschoolers

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.

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 (virtual) or 2-5 years old (in-person)
Location: Virtual or ECLC, 1 Smoketree Lane, Irvine, 92604
Date: Friday, May 27; 8:45 – 10:45 a.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register for virtual option. Click here to sign up and get started for in-person option.

Playful Activities for Reading Readiness

Children need to engage in instructional experiences, including opportunities to practice, that integrate their interests with early literacy activities across these foundational literacy competencies: oral language, phonological awareness, alphabetic code, foundational fluency and word recognition, early writing, and listening comprehension alongside vocabulary development. Learn hands-on, playful activities that you can use in your classrooms, early childhood centers, or homes to provide children with a firm literacy foundation.

Organization: edWeb.net
Audience: Early childhood educators and care providers
Location: Virtual
Date: Tuesday, May 31, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register.

June

Positive Parenting Community Training Online Series  

Three-week series covers the following topics: 

  • Positive parenting for children with a disability
  • Helping your child reach their potential
  • Change problem behavior to positive behavior

Organizations: School Readiness and The Priority Center  
Audience: Parents having children with a disability  
Location: Virtual  
Dates: Wednesdays; June 1, 8, and 15; 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 on flier to register. Call 714-559-0798 or email SR@ThePriorityCenter.org for more information.  

OC Read’s Family Literacy Day

Scheduled activities include Wild Wonders animal show, story time, games, crafts, and meet author Stuart Gibbs.

Organization: OC Public Libraries
Audience: Parents and caregivers having children 0 – 8 years old
Location: Tustin Library, 345 E. Main Street, Tustin, 92780
Date: Saturday, June 4, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here for flier. More information at ocpl.org or call 714-566-3070.

California Preschool Instructional Network (CPIN) Best Practices: Integrated STEM in Early Childhood

  • Identify STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) components in an early childhood classroom.
  • Discuss dynamic planning for developmentally appropriate STEM environments and interactions/conversations.
  • Discover how this approach includes universal design for learning.
  • Recognize how this approach supports dual language learners.

Organization: Orange County Department of Education
Audience: Early childhood educators of children 4 – 6 years old
Location: Virtual
Date: Monday, June 6, 5 – 7 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to view flier. Click here to register by June 1.

Kindergarten Readiness Storytime

Introduces and reinforces basic reading, math, and social skills. Fun stories, songs, and more. Meet new friends and stay for a craft. Siblings are welcome.

Organization: Orange County Public Library – Katie Wheeler branch
Audience: Children 3 – 5 years old and their caregivers
Location: 13109 Old Myford Rd., Irvine, 92602
Dates: Tuesdays; June 7, 14, 21, and 28; 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here for flier. No registration required. Visit ocpl.org/libraries/irvine-katie-wheeler or call 714-669-8753 for more information.

Active Parenting School-Aged Course

Grandparents, aunts, uncles, older siblings, and anyone who impacts the lives of children are welcome to join. During this six course weekly series discuss common parenting challenges including:

  • Cooperation and communication
  • Responsibility and discipline
  • Building courage and self-esteem
  • Understanding and redirecting misbehavior

Organization: Olive Crest
Audience: Parents and caregivers with children ages 6-17 years old
Location: Tuesday classes are virtual; Wednesday classes are in-person. See flier for location.
Dates: Tuesdays, June 7 – July 19, 5 - 7 p.m.; Wednesdays, June 8 – July 20 , 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Information: Click on date links above for flier and registration information. Pre-registration required. Call 657-622-4131 for more information.

Active Parenting First Five Years Course

Join this six course weekly series to discuss such topics as:

  • You and your child
  • Preventing behavioral problems
  • Encouraging positive behavior
  • Preparing for school success

Tuesdays, June 7 – July 12, 5 - 7 p.m.
Saturdays, June 11 – July 16, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Wednesdays, June 15 – July 20, 9 – 11 a.m.
Thursdays, June 16 – July 21, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Organization: Olive Crest
Audience: Parents and caregivers having children 0 - 5 years old
Location: Virtual via Zoom, Saturday classes are in-person. See flier for location.
Dates: Click on date links above for flier and registration information.
Information: Pre-registration required, click here for flier and registration instructions. Call 949-764-8100 for more information.

Taming the Trauma Dragon with the Ordinary Magic of Fairytales

Gain a unique framework that nurtures the social and emotional health of children while providing vibrant and engaging early literacy experiences: all through the magic of fairytales. Learn:

  • Why age-old fairytales continue to resonate so strongly with children, in spite of adult concerns over the years.
  • How fairytales from around the world align with the evidence-based protective factors for the “ordinary magic” of resilience, including relationships, initiative, executive functions, self-regulation and cultural affirmation.
  • Ways to use fairytales to plan engaging learning experiences, centers, routines, and transitions that nurture children’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical development while providing many opportunities for emergent literacy.
  • How using this “ordinary magic” lens of fairy tale curriculum planning can support teachers’ understanding of specific strategies that nurture children experiencing adversity.

Organization: Early Childhood Investigations
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Virtual
Date: Wednesday, June 8, 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.

Positive Parenting Community Training Online Series  

Four-week series covers the following topics: 

  • Dealing with disobedience 
  • Managing fighting and aggression 
  • Developing good bedtime routines 
  • Hassle-free shopping

Organizations: School Readiness and The Priority Center  
Audience: Parents   
Location: Virtual  
Dates: Thursdays; June 9, 16, 23, and 30; 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 on flier to register. Call 714-559-0798 or email SR@ThePriorityCenter.org for more information.  

Family Storytime

Children and their caregivers enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes centered around a special theme.

Organization: Orange County Public Library - Heritage Park branch
Audience: Children and their caregivers
Location: 14361 Yale Ave., Irvine, 92604
Dates: Tuesdays; June 14 – July 26; 11:15 a.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here for flier. No registration required, space is limited. Visit ocpl.org/libraries/irvine-heritage-park or call 949-936-4040 for more information.

Creating an Earth-Friendly and Sustainable Preschool Classroom

Get tips on how to assess your current environment and practices, prioritize needs, and make realistic changes that will create healthier environments for children and the planet. Gain a better understanding of why and how environmental issues affect young children. Learn low-cost ways to strengthen children’s environmental health and connection to the natural world through small changes that have big impacts.

Organization: Early Childhood Investigations
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Virtual
Date: Wednesday, June 15, 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.

Equitable Family-Teacher Relationships for All Children

Research indicates that families of color, families whose first language is not English, and those living in challenging circumstances report fewer close relationships with their child’s teacher compared to White, monolingual English-speaking, and higher income families. Join this webinar to:

  • Understand the importance of the parent-teacher relationship for children’s learning and wellbeing.
  • Examine opportunities to strengthen the home-school connection through parent-teacher relationship
  • Identify how to create spaces and process to strengthen family engagement and leadership

Organization: Early Childhood Investigations
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Virtual
Date: Thursday, June 16, 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.

Bilingual Persian Storytime

Children and their caregivers enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes in Persian and English.

Organization: Orange County Public Library - Heritage Park branch
Audience: Children and their caregivers
Location: 14361 Yale Ave., Irvine, 92604
Dates: Sundays; June 26, July 24, August 28; 10:30 a.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here for flier. No registration required. Visit ocpl.org/libraries/irvine-heritage-park or call 949-936-4040 for more information.