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.

In light of the Order of the State Public Health Officer to Stay Home Except for Essential Needs (March 19, 2020) all in-person training opportunities have been removed from this calendar.  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.

September

Reopening School-Age Programs With Care Under COVID-19 Guidelines

Find support and guidance while navigating reopening school-age programs. Presentation focuses on preparation and planning, in addition to implementation.  

Organization: The Outdoor Classroom Project
Audience: School-Age child care professionals
Location: Webinar
Date: Thursday, September 24, 6 - 7 p.m.
Fee: $30
Information: Click here to register. This event will be recorded; all registrants will have access to the recording for up to one week from the date of the event.

Effectively Navigate the IEP Process – September 26 & October 10

Review the special education system and how to navigate successfully to ensure an appropriate education for your child. Topics for the two part series include:

  1. A Little History: Educational Rights
  2. Setting The Foundation: The Assessment Process
  3. Putting Up The Walls: Appropriate and Measurable Goals
  4. Putting On the Roof: Determination of Services
  5. Picking Your Neighborhood: Placement in the Least Restrictive Environment

Will also review accommodations, modifications, strategies for success; parent tips and pointers throughout the day.

Organization: ParentsCAN, State Council on Developmental Disabilities
Audience: Parents of children having developmental disabilities
Location: Zoom Webinar
Dates: Saturdays, September 26 and October 10, 9 – 11:30 a.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to view flier. Call 949-351-6380 or email parentscanoc@yahoo.com to receive Zoom meeting link.

Executive Function and Challenging Behavior: A New Approach

Gain knowledge on recent research implications and strategies that work to help children manage their own behavior through improved executive function. Participants of this webinar will learn:

  • Research on executive functions and autonomy support.
  • Research on a mindset that matter—an opportunity mindset.
  • A five-step strategy that works using this research in managing challenging behavior.

Organization: Early Childhood Investigations Webinars
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Webinar
Date: Wednesday, September 30, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register. If the live presentation fills up, registered participants will receive a link of the recording the day after the presentation.

Strengthening The Parent - Child Relationship

Organization: Extraordinary Lives Foundation and CalOptima
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Webinar
Date: Wednesday, September 30, 8 – 9 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here for more information. Register here.

October

Unpacking the Pyramid Model: A Practical Guide to Social Emotional Learning

Participants in this webinar will learn:

  • The Pyramid Model framework.
  • Strategies to support all children in developing critical social and emotional skills as well as targeted intervention for children who need additional support in the development of self-regulation, friendship skills, emotional literacy, and problem-solving.
  • Ways to partner with families to implement the Pyramid Model.

Organization: Early Childhood Investigations Webinars
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Webinar
Date: Thursday, October 1, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register. If the live presentation fills up, registered participants will receive a link of the recording the day after the presentation.

Keeping Schools Safe: The Challenges of COVID-19

Discusses suggestions to create safety-driven standard operating procedures for educators and administrators. From the moment someone enters a school building, every possible measure should be taken to ensure the learning environment is sanitized and germ free. Temperature checks, disinfecting methods, and social distancing are all covered in this webinar.  

Organization: edWeb.net
Audience: Teachers and caregivers of all school levels.
Location: Webinar
Date: Monday, October 5, 12 - 1 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register. Click here to receive an email with the recording link.

Teaching with Empathy — The Missing Instructional Link

Discuss a range of strategies that offer opportunities for educators to develop an understanding of student culture, home environment, interests, and values outside of the classroom. The key to building strong relationships is the ability of the educator to know individual students on an authentic level.

Organization: edWeb.net
Audience: Education professionals
Location: Webinar
Date: Wednesday, October 7, 1 - 2 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register. Click here to receive an email with the recording link.

Essential Trauma-Informed Practices During COVID-19 Recovery

Explore the topic of trauma, the brain, and effective strategies to help teachers, students, and their families reach positive outcomes in school and at home.

Organization: edWeb.net
Audience: PreK-12 teachers, school and district leaders, special education teachers, guidance counselors and school psychologists
Location: Webinar
Date: Tuesday, October 13, 1 - 2 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register. Click here to receive an email with the recording link.

Boosting Enrollment When Your Program Needs it Most

Learn about systems that will lead your program to quality, while considering the overall challenges. Discuss easy to implement ideas on how to get your preschool back to full enrollment, curated resources and systems templates. What you will learn:

  • The Figure 8: Essential Items on our Preschool Quality Checklist.
  • Systems: What Gets Inspected Gets Respected. Checklists, rubrics and accountability.
  • Marketing: 5 Strategies to implement by Monday.

Organization: Early Childhood Investigations Webinars
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Webinar
Date: Wednesday, October 14, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register. All sessions are recorded. You will receive a link to the recording within 4 hours after the webinar concludes.

Teaching Social Justice: Navigating the Deep Waters of Equity in Early Childhood Programs

Join this webinar to:

  • Understand the critical thinking and collaborative planning process that goes into social justice education.
  • Explore how children learn about identity and appreciate difference
  • Learn the strength that comes from courageous and vulnerable teaching

Organization: Early Childhood Investigations Webinars
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Webinar
Date: Wednesday, October 21, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register. All sessions are recorded. You will receive a link to the recording within 4 hours after the webinar concludes.

Building Equity in Early Childhood Education Settings Through Perspective-Taking and Empathy

Join this webinar to:

  • Understand the function of perspective taking in developing empathy
  • Hear stories and examples from the classroom (virtual and in person) of intentional practices that foster empathy and perspective taking
  • Reflect on your own practices and think of how you already facilitate perspective taking and model empathy as well as anything new you can add to your work with children

Organization: Early Childhood Investigations Webinars
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Webinar
Date: Thursday, October 22, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register. All sessions are recorded. You will receive a link to the recording within 4 hours after the webinar concludes.

Crying and Laughing: The Emotional Development of Infants and Toddlers

Discusses the ten keys that early childhood professionals can use to support infant and toddler emotional development and learning. When these keys are used, they are the foundation for helping children develop emotional competence.

Organization: edWeb.net
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Webinar
Date: Wednesday, October 28, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register. Click here to receive an email with the recording link.

December

Preschool Preparedness for an Emergency: Preparing Childhood Professionals for the Worst-Case Scenario

Gain knowledge and learn about resources and actionable tools needed to prepare for, respond to, and recover from an emergency or natural disaster.

Organization: edWeb.net
Audience: Pre K – 5th grade teachers, child care providers and leaders
Location: Webinar
Date: Wednesday, December 2, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register or here to sign up to receive an email with the recording link the day after the live broadcast.