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.

Announcements

Orange County Workforce Pathways Stipend Program

This program is open to early learning professionals (teachers and family child care providers) working directly with children ages birth to 5 years old (infant, toddlers, and preschool). You must attend one orientation date to participate in this program.

To be eligible for this stipend program you must be working in a program that accepts some form of CA Early Learning subsidy, through direct contract (CSPP, CCTR, AP) as outlined on the flier. You must be enrolled in an accredited college or university working on an AA/AS or BA/BS in ECE/CD or taking classes to attain or upgrade your early childhood permit. There is limited space for participants who currently have a BA/BS, and a Teacher Permit or higher to receive a stipend for completing 21 hours of approved professional development. 

Please click here to view the flier. Funding is limited, register for orientation today! 

You will receive an email confirmation once your eligibility is confirmed. Prior to registering, if you do not have a current CA Workforce Registry ID number you will need to obtain one at https://caregistry.org/.

For program questions please email Melissa Wheelahan mwheelahan@ocde.us.

July

Fall Early Childhood Education Courses at Irvine Valley College

The following classes are open for enrollment:

  • Human Development (HD) 15: Child, Family, Community
  • HD 101: Observation and Assessment of Young Children
  • HD 115: Introduction to Curriculum
  • HD 145: Literacy and Language
  • HD 105: Infant/Toddler Program

Organization: Irvine Valley College
Audience: Students seeking professional development
Location: Online/live-stream, some in-person/on-campus
Dates: Classes start August 23, registration open now
Fee: Unit fees apply.
Information: Click here for flier. To enroll click here or contact dking@ivc.edu.

Zoom Into Storytime Summer Edition

Virtual storytimes, designed for different audiences including Baby Lapsit (birth to 2-years old with caregiver), Family (for the whole family), Kindergarten Readiness, Bilingual (Chinese and Spanish), and Family Music and Movement.

Organization: Orange County Public Libraries
Audience: Parents and caregivers with children 0 – 5 years old
Location: Virtual 
Dates: Through July 29, see flier for more details.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to view flier. Space is limited. Email ocplstorytimes@occr.gov.com to register.

Let's Go Potty!

Get suggestions on how to start potty training with your toddler.

Organization: School Readiness
Audience: Parents with toddlers not yet potty trained
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Date: Wednesday, July 21, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. or 5 - 6 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here for flier. Pre-registration required. To register or for more information call 714-225-9269 or email SR@THEPRIORITYCENTER.ORG.

Active Parenting School-Aged Course

Join this series to gain tips and parenting strategies for cooperation & communication, responsibility & discipline, building courage & self esteem, and understanding & redirecting misbehavior. 

Organization: Olive Crest
Audience: Parents and caregivers having children 6-12 years old
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Dates: Wednesdays; July 21, 28, August 4, 11, and 18; 6 - 8 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to view flier. Space is limited, pre-registration required. Call 714-361-4374 or email your name and phone number to Phuong-Nguyen@olivecrest.org to register. Series started on July 14, okay to join on July 21.

Summer Open Play – Us Too Gymnastics

Open gym time for children 1 – 12 years old. Requires parent supervision.

Organization: Us Too Gymnastics
Audience: Parents and caregivers with children 1 – 12 years old
Location: Us Too Gymnastics, 25 Spectrum Pointe Drive, #405, Lake Forest
Dates: Wednesdays, 1 – 2:30 p.m. through July 30
Fee: $10 for members, $15 for non-members
Information: Click here to view flier. Space is limited, RSVP appreciated. Call 949-716-1970 for more information. .

School Is Out. Now What? How to Keep Kids Busy Without Electronics

This interactive workshop is for busy parents who don't want their kids to spend all summer on their phones, tablets and gaming systems. Learn how to set up a system to get your kids offline and help your kids develop a healthier relationship with technology.

Organization: Behavioral Health Training Collaborative
Audience: Parents and caregivers
Location: Virtual
Date: Thursday, July 22, 12 – 1 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register. Upon registering, you will receive the link to the Zoom meeting for this workshop.

Parenting: Quality Time Counts

This training is intended for parents and caregivers to increase awareness of the importance of spending quality time with their children, and to learn strategies to create positive family engagement. Learning objectives:

  • Discuss parental engagement and it’s importance
  • Identify 10 facets of parental engagement
  • Learn necessary skills to create positive family communication
  • Learn ways to make family time count

Organization: Behavioral Health Training Collaborative
Audience: Parents and caregivers
Location: Virtual
Date: Friday, July 23, 9:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register. Upon registering, you will receive the link to the Zoom meeting for this workshop.

Think and Connect Kid Camp

Week-long, half-day camp designed to help your child learn social and executive functioning skills to manage lasting relationships.

Organizations: Illuminate Psychological Services, Helping the Behaviorally Challenging Child (HBCC)
Audience: Parents with children 6 – 12 years old
Location: Yorba Linda Presbyterian Church, 19301 Yorba Linda Blvd, Yorba Linda  92886         
Dates: July 26-30, 1-4 p.m. or August 9-13, 9:30 a.m-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $300
Information: Click here to register for July 26-30 camp, or here to register for August 9-13 camp. More information 949-373-3640 or contact@illuminatepsychology.org.   

Active Parenting School-Aged Course

Join this series to gain tips and parenting strategies for cooperation & communication, responsibility & discipline, building courage & self esteem, and understanding & redirecting misbehavior. 

Organization: Olive Crest
Audience: Parents and caregivers having children 6-12 years old
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Dates: Thursdays; July 29, August 5, 12, 19, 26, September 2; 5-7 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to view flier. Space is limited, pre-registration required. Call 714-361-4375 or email your name and phone number to Evelina-Panossian@olivecrest.org to register.

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.

Being Thorough: A Concept for Building High-Performing Teams in Your Early Childhood Program

Join this webinar to:

  • Explore definitions of “high performance” and “high quality” in early care and education programs.
  • Explore the concept of being thorough and how it applies to our programs and staff.
  • Learn five strategies you can convey to your staff so they become more thorough instantly.

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

Engineering With Nature: Learning and Communicating through Construction Play

Join this webinar to strengthen your capacity to identify opportunities for natural engineering play indoors and out. You will learn:

  • Engineering skills of play in nature-based setting: Understand and support children’s explorations and competencies
  • The language of building: Learn the power of visual spatial communication
  • Supportive Spaces and natural materials: Set the stage, indoors and out

Organization: Early Childhood Investigations Webinars
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Webinar
Date: Wednesday, August 25, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register. All webinars are recorded, registered participants will receive and email with a link to the recording when it is ready to be viewed.

September

New Options for Health Care for Early Childhood Professionals

Join this webinar to explore ways that recent investments from the American Rescue Plan Act and other pandemic recovery measures may be used to expand access to employee benefits. Learn about strategies such as tapping the Affordable Care Act health care exchange, Health Savings Accounts, and Telehealth resources. This workshop will also explore state level policy options for investing new federal dollars into staff compensation and benefits.

Organization: Early Childhood Investigations Webinars
Audience: Early childhood education directors, owners, and administrators
Location: Webinar
Date: Thursday, September 9, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register. All webinars are recorded, registered participants will receive and email with a link to the recording when it is ready to be viewed.

Sibshops

When a child has a sibling with special needs, their own needs can be overlooked. Sibshops are internationally recognized programs that focus on the issues and needs facing siblings of children with special needs. They are grounded in play and help siblings connect with others who have a similar path.

Organization: Infinity Kids
Audience: Parents and caregivers having children with siblings with special needs
Location: 22691 Lambert St., #502, Lake Forest
Date: Saturday, September 11, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (see flier for additional dates and Orange County locations)
Fee: $35
Information: Click here to view flier. Email Tiffany@infinitykids.com to register.

Play and Assessment? YES! Reciprocal Partners in the Early Childhood Classroom Dance

Examine both play and assessment and the power that comes when early educators leverage the power of both in creating learning environments for young children. Join this webinar learn how you and your staff can:

  • Relate the goals of play to classroom practices.
  • Identify opportunities to assess children’s learning and development in their play.
  • Create and sustain play-based environments and experiences based on assessment.

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

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: Friday, September 17, 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. 

Pushing Past Bias and Challenging Classroom Behaviors: Changing Children’s Behavior Starts with Changing Ourselves

Research shows that in order to gain a meaningful understanding of children’s behavior there must be a meaningful understanding of adult bias and the context in which these behaviors occur. Join this webinar to:

  • Examine examples of implicit bias
  • Explore contextual elements, classroom variables, and potential bias within your programs and your practice.
  • Learn about tools to help you identify implicit bias

Organization: Early Childhood Investigations Webinars
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Webinar
Date: Wednesday, September 22, 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.