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.

January

Play & Learn

Children 0 - 5 years old have an opportunity to learn through play. 

Organization: Orange County Public Libraries – Heritage Park Library  
Audience: Parents and caregivers with children 0 - 5 years old 
Location: 14361 Yale, Irvine, 92604 
Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, now through February 9; 10:20 - 11 a.m. 
Fee: Free  
Information: Click here for flier. Call 949-936-4040 for more information.

Baby Storytime

Enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes meant to get your baby bouncing.

Organization: Orange County Public Libraries – Heritage Park Library  
Audience: Babies from birth to 12 months and their caregivers  
Location:Irvine Heritage Park Library, 14361 Yale, Irvine, 92604 
Date: Tuesdays, now through February 7, 10 - 10:20 a.m.
Fee: Free  
Information: Click here for flier. Call 949-936-4040 for more information.

Toddler Storytime

Children 1 - 3 years old and their caregivers enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes!

Organization: Orange County Public Libraries – Heritage Park Library  
Audience: Parents and caregivers with children 1 - 3 years old
Location:Irvine Heritage Park Library, 14361 Yale, Irvine, 92604 
Dates:  Tuesdays, 11 - 11:20 a.m., and Thursdays, 10 - 10:20 a.m., now through February 9  
Fee: Free  
Information: Click here for flier. Call 949-936-4040 for more information.

Culturally Responsive Practices to Reduce Implicit Bias, Disproportionality, Suspension, & Expulsion ePyramid Module

Learn to recognize and address implicit bias, work effectively with children from diverse backgrounds, and reduce the gender and racial disparities within expulsions and suspensions.

Organization: Orange County Department of Education
Audience: Participants of the Workforce Pathways Stipend Program
Location: Virtual
Date: Online, self-paced course expires 90 days after activating the training
Fee: $29, cost covered by funds from the Workforce Pathways Grant
Information: Click here for more information and to register. Registration deadline March 1, 2023.

Resilience

Learn about research-recommended strategies that help provide insight and hope to children suffering from toxic stress.

Organization: Behavioral Health Training Collaborative
Audience: Parents, adults, caregivers
Location: Virtual
Date: Friday, January 27, 1 – 3 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Pre-registration required. Upon registering, participants receive the link to the Zoom meeting for this workshop Click here to register.

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: Irvine Heritage Park Library, 14361 Yale Ave., Irvine, 92604
Dates: Sundays; January 29, February 26, March 26, and April 23; 10:30 a.m.
Fee: Free  
Information: Click here for flier. Call 949-936-4040 for more information.

Responding to Grief in Children & Adults

Learn about what grief may look and feel like in both children and adults. Gain specific guidelines on how to support those experiencing grief and loss, including listening skills and how to respond.

Organization: Behavioral Health Training Collaborative
Audience: Parents, adults, caregivers
Location: Virtual
Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2 – 3 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Pre-registration required. Upon registering, participants receive the link to the Zoom meeting for this workshop Click here to register.

February

Learn, Play, & Grow @ Home

Virtual parent forums on four early childhood topics. Participate in one or all four:

  • Early brain development
  • Language and communication
  • Social emotional development
  • The importance of play for your child

Organization: Help Me Grow Orange County
Audience: Parents and caregivers with young children
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Dates: Wednesdays, February 1 – 22, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to view flier. Click here to register.

Foster & Kinship Care Education Online Workshops

A variety of virtual and in-person workshops are offered in February, including the following topics:

  • Prudent Parenting
  • ​Conflict Resolution
  • Trust-Based Relational Intervention (multiple offerings)
  • Positive Discipline for Preschoolers
  • Swipe Right - Empowering Caregivers to Guide Their Child's Social Media Use
  • Raising Self-Reliant Children
  • Self-Care for Parents of Special Needs Kids

Organization: Saddleback College Foster & Kinship Care Education Program
Audience: Foster parents and caregivers
Location: Virtual and in-person, see schedule for details
Dates: View flier for full schedule
Fee: Free
Information: Pre-registration required. Click here to view flier and use registration links on flier. After registering you will receive a confirmation email about joining the class.

Parent Workshop: School Readiness

Provides parents and families with information on how to support their child’s academic knowledge, social skills, communication skills, and independence to succeed in school. School-age resources will also be provided.

Organization: Children’s Home Society of California
Audience: Parents with children 4 – 5 years old
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Date: Thursday, February 2, 6 – 8 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) Teacher Talk: Implicit Bias – Developing Awareness and Inclusion

Explore how to address implicit bias and develop strategies to create equitable and culturally responsive practices.

Organization: Orange County Association for the Education of Young Children
Audience: Early childhood educators and child care providers
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Date: Saturday, February 4, 10 - 11 a.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register. More information ocaeyc@pretendcity.org.

Let’s Go Potty! 

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

Organizations: School Readiness and The Priority Center 
Audience: Parents and caregivers with children not yet potty trained 
Location: Virtual 
Date: Wednesday, February 8, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 5 - 6 p.m 
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to view flier and scan QR code to register. More information 714-559-0798 or email SR@ThePriorityCenter.org

Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) Parent Education Series: Talking About Who We Are

Learn how to guide conversations with children about differences and diversity and ways to respect and celebrate our differences. 

Organization: IUSD ECLC
Audience: Parents or caregivers and their children 3 - 5 years old
Location: ECLC, 1 Smoketree Lane, Irvine, 92604
Date: Thursday, February 9, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. (virtual) and 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. (in-person)
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register. More information 949-936-8624 or SchoolReadiness@IUSD.org.

Accessing Public Benefits for Persons with Developmental Disabilities

A virtual training series to help you get the services/supports you need. 

Learn about regional center services, and using your Individual Program Planning (IPP) /Person-Centered Planning to accomplish your goals.

Organization: State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD)
Audience: Parents and families having a child with a developmental disability
Location: Virtual 
Date: Friday, February 10, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m..
Fee: Free
Information: Pre-registration required. Click here to register. Confirmation emails sent to registered participants with information about joining the meeting. More information: qualityconnections@yahoo.com  

Baby Steps

Explore physical development through fine motor practice, sensory exploration, concept development and color recognition.

Organization: Pretend City Children’s Museum
Audience: Parents and their babies 18 months and younger, no older siblings please
Location: Pretend City Children’s Museum, 29 Hubble, Irvine, 92618
Date: Sunday, February 12, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Fee: $12 per adult, online registration. Infants 0 to 18 months and Pretend City Members are free.
Information: Pre-registration required. Click here for more information. 

Sing & Sign: Supporting Emerging Language through Music, Sign Language, and Play

In this interactive and informative presentation, prepare to learn:

  • Simple steps to get started signing with young children
  • Key benefits of signing with young children, including support of oral language, regulation, routines and transitions, pre-literacy, and child-directed experience
  • The benefits of combining sign and song for child development
  • Easy ways to incorporate signing across the environments and routines of your day with young children

Organization: Early Childhood Investigations
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Virtual
Date: Thursday, February 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 when it is ready to be viewed.

Magic Moments: Active Problem Solving with Young Children

  • Explore how early childhood educators can take the problems, mistakes, and accidents that inevitably occur in every early childhood program, and turn them into teachable moments. Participate in this webinar to:
  • Recognize the importance of mistakes, conflicts, accidents, and problems as opportunities for learning in an early childhood classroom. Discuss scenarios demonstrating common problems that happen during the daily routines of an early childhood classroom, such as snacks, naps, play, and transitions.
  • Develop strategies for facilitating a problem-solving process with young children, such as asking open-ended questions and offering prompts (“Tell me what you think about that.”)
  • Explore how issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion influence how we, as educators, view, define, and facilitate problems with children.

Organization: Early Childhood Investigations
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Virtual
Date: Wednesday, February 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 when it is ready to be viewed.

Essential Elements of Leading a Nature-based Early Childhood Program

Discusses the core principles and benefits of a nature-based approach and how to:

  • Recognize the role we as leaders play in leading change
  • Establish policies and procedures which support change
  • Secure resources for safe and effective nature-based learning
  • Support teachers in taking small actions to shift their practice to include more nature
  • Recognize and address the very real human reactions to implementing nature-based education

Organization: Early Childhood Investigations
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Virtual
Date: Thursday, February 23, 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 when it is ready to be viewed.

Coffee and Conversation: Getting Ready for Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten!

Join administrators and specialists from IUSD’s Early Childhood Learning Center for a conversation about kindergarten and transitional kindergarten readiness.

 Organization: IUSD ECLC
Audience: Parents or caregivers and their children 3 - 5 years old
Location: ECLC, 1 Smoketree Lane, Irvine, 92604
Date: Friday, February 24, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. (in-person)
Fee: Free
Information: Click here for flier and scan QR code to register or click here to register. More information 949-936-8624 or SchoolReadiness@IUSD.org.

March

Strategies for Making Your Early Childhood Education Program Stand Out From the Rest

Discuss easy-to-implement tips for three essential Key Performance Indicators:

  • Maintaining a strong waitlist
  • Attracting staff to grow your bench
  • Stop losing money through the financial “leaky bucket”

Organization: Early Childhood Investigations
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Virtual
Date: Wednesday, March 1, 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 when it is ready to be viewed.

School Readiness Fair 

Free health screenings, activities and entertainment, as well as valuable resources for parents with children entering kindergarten.

Organization: Pretend City Children’s Museum
Audience: Parents with children 4 – 5 years old
Location: Pretend City Children’s Museum parking lot, 29 Hubble, Irvine, 92618
Date: Saturday, March 4, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here for more information. 

Special Needs Resource Fair & Spring Shindig

Featuring special needs service providers, community resources, games, activities, dancing, and free lunch, A unique opportunity for families and caregivers to learn more about the resources available within the community.

Organization: City of Lake Forest
Audience: Parents and caregivers with children having special needs
Location: Lake Forest Clubhouse, 100 Civic Center Drive, Lake Forest, 92630
Date: Saturday, March 4, 12 – 2 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to view flier. Contact kfernandez@lakeforestca.gov for more information.  

Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) Parent Education Series: Language and Literacy at Home

Language serves as the foundation for all literacy development. Come learn how to support language development through everyday play and practical sign language you can use at home in your daily routines.

Organization: IUSD ECLC
Audience: Parents or caregivers and their children 3 - 5 years old
Location: ECLC, 1 Smoketree Lane, Irvine, 92604
Date: Thursday, March 9, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. (virtual) and 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. (in-person)
Fee: Free
Information: Click here to register. More information 949-936-8624 or SchoolReadiness@IUSD.org.

The Power of Stories: Selecting the Best Books and Related Activities for Preschoolers

Discover the building blocks for scaffolding preschoolers’ literacy skills and come away with practical tips and activities for the children in your care. Participate in this webinar to learn:

  • What research tells us about how 3 to 5 year-olds acquire language and literacy skills
  • How to select the best books for each stage of young children’s development
  • Easy-to-implement literacy activities for preschoolers in your care

Organization: Early Childhood Investigations
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Virtual
Date: Thursday, March 9, 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 when it is ready to be viewed.

Orange County Association for the Education of Young Children (OCAEYC) 2023 Annual Conference: Building the Future - Business, Brains, and Wellness        

Conference will focus on rebuilding after the pandemic - your child care business as well as children's cognitive and social emotional development.

Organization: OCAEYC
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Fullerton College, 321 E. Chapman Ave., Fullerton, 92832
Date: Saturday, March 11, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Fee: $70 for general public or $35 for OCAEYC Members
Information: Click here for more information.

The Myth of School Readiness

Join this webinar to:

  • Analyze the term “school readiness” and what it means in the field of early learning.
  • Question the benefits of assessing young children’s readiness.
  • Explore how myths serve as large-scale societal frameworks that can hamper new ways of thinking.
  • Identify equitable and regenerative narratives for early learning and compare them with the school readiness myth.
  • Choose ways to disrupt models of school readiness that reinforce systemic racism and inequities.

Organization: Early Childhood Investigations
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Virtual
Date: Wednesday, March 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 when it is ready to be viewed.

Art in the Trauma Informed ECE Classroom: Process over Product

Art is a safe way to experience choice and control, make our own decisions, take risks, and express our thoughts and feelings. Discuss key practices that are necessary to reduce the use of cookie cutter crafts in favor of true art that reflects children’s authentic thoughts and feelings. Join this webinar to:

  • Learn how current neuroscience supports art as self-regulation and stress release in trauma informed classrooms.
  • Discuss why teachers still deliver product over process art and how to change that mindset.
  • Receive tips and resources on how to motivate staff to deliver social emotional process art over product art.
  • Engage in a process-oriented art activity that will relax and replenish your creative energy.

Organization: Early Childhood Investigations
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Location: Virtual
Date: Wednesday, March 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 when it is ready to be viewed