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UC IPM Online: An online course is now available to promote safe learning environments for children in California for Pest Management Professionals: http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/training/school-and-child-care-ipm.html. New changes to the Healthy Schools Act in 2015 strongly encourage child care providers to use least toxic methods (called "integrated pest management", or IPM)  to control pests and puts new training requirements on pest control companies serving childcare. To help Pest Management Professionals incorporate IPM and comply with the Healthy Schools Act, the free online CEU course provides Integrated Pest Management Services in California Schools and Child Care. This course addresses: The Healthy Schools Act, common pests, the risks of pesticide exposure, Steps to implement IPM, and business aspects IPM. We will keep a directory of Pest Management Professionals who have completed the course on our website (www.cerch.org/ipmtrainedpmps) to help child care providers connect with professionals who have IPM training. For questions, please contact me at abradman@berkeley.edu.

Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Competencies Video Series is now available on the California Department of Education web site. This series begins with an introductory video giving an overview of the ECE Competencies publication that describes California’s professional standards for people working in the field of early childhood (children birth to kindergarten entry). Each of the remaining 12 videos explains a competency area which includes important comments and insights from content experts highlighting research-based best practices for the early childhood professional. These videos can be accessed online at http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/re/ececomps.asp

Training and Events

City of Irvine

Parents DO Make a Difference- City of Irvine
Join Dr. Michele Borba, award-winning author of 22 parenting and educational books, as she presents practical strategies to help parents improve their child’s behavior, self-esteem, character and resilience in school and at home. 


Audience: Parents
Location: Irvine Civic Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine, CA
Date: Thursday, April 30, 6-9 p.m. 
Fee: $15 for Irvine residents, $20 for non-residents
Registration:  www.irvinequickreg.org, course #154401 or call 949-724-6610 
Information: 949-724-6632. Each participant will receive a copy of Dr. Borba’s best-selling book Parents DO Make a Difference: How to Raise Kids with Solid Character, Strong Minds, and Caring Hearts


The Language of Materials: Reggio Inspired Programs Educator Roundtables- Fullerton School District
Roundtables offered that focus on the languages of materials as an ideal learning tool in the early childhood development and curriculum. Participants experience the joy and intensity of learning as they work with a variety of materials and tools to expand and refine their own curriculum ideas. Teachers and educators will have the opportunity to work with clay, paints, wire, natural materials, and photography, having hands on experiences and practice on useful techniques to facilitate children’s explorations.


Audience: Early childhood educators and professionals
Richman Elementary School, MPR 700 S. Richman Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92832
Date: Varies, dates offered  to April 2015
Fee: $25 per session
Registration: Complete attached form (click on title above), mail/email/fax or call 714-447-2858

2014-2015 Spring Workshops- California Preschool Instructional Networks
Workshops include: Language and Literacy, Phonological Awareness and Alphabet Recognition, Foundations and Curriculum, etc.


Audience: Early Childhood Educators and Professionals
Location: Orange County Department of Education, Kalmus Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Fee: $20 per workshop day
Date: Varies, Workshops offered from January to May  
Registration: Click on title for registration link to each workshop

Information:  714-966-4171 or vortega@ocde.us

Developmental Screening Training Opportunities- Help Me Grow
In support of the effort to have all children in Orange County  receive developmental  & behavioral screenings with evidence based screening tools, Help Me Grow is offering the following trainings on the Ages &  Stages Questionnaires: Third Edition  (ASQ-3),  Ages & Stages Questionnaires:  Social Emotional (ASQ:SE), and Parents’ Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS).


Audience: Professionals from the fields of early childhood education, early intervention, social services, mental health, and health care
Location: Help Me Grow Orange County, 2500 Red Hill Ave., Suite 290B,
Santa Ana, 92705
ASQ-3 training on April 8; ASQ:SE training on April 23, both 8 a.m.-12 p.m.   
Fee: $45 for individuals living or working in Orange County
Registration:  http://www.helpmegrowoc.org 
and choose “Training Opportunities”   
Information: 949-267-0310

Parent-Child Premium Program- Child Behavior Pathways (joint program between CHOC Children’s and UC Irvine)
9-week series utilizes an evidence-based curriculum helping parents learn: Techniques to increase positive parent-child interactions; approaches for preventing disruptive behaviors in the future; tools for responding to common attention getting behaviors; and strategies to foster a child’s attention, social skills, and self-esteem. 


Audience: Parents of children ages 3-6 
Location: IUSD ECLC, 1 Smoketree Lane, Irvine, CA 92604
Date: Every Wednesday, April 15-June 10, 6-8 p.m.  
Fee: $500 for two adults and one child
Registration:  www.childbehaviorpathways.com 
Information: 949-267-0227 

Parenting Classes- Child Behavior Pathways (joint program between CHOC Children’s and UC Irvine)
9-week series utilizes an evidence-based curriculum helping parents learn: Techniques to increase positive parent-child interactions; approaches for preventing disruptive behaviors in the future; tools for responding to common attention getting behaviors; and strategies to foster a child’s attention, social skills, and self-esteem.  


Audience: Parents of children ages 0-3 or ages 3-5  
Location: varies, click on flyer for location
Date: For parents of children ages 0-3- Every Tuesday, April 21-June 16, 6-8 p.m.; For parents of children ages 3-5- Every Wednesday, April 22- June 17, 6-8 p.m. OR Every Thursday, April 16-June 11, 6-8 p.m.
Fee: $150 for up to two adults
Registration:  www.childbehaviorpathways.com  
Information: 949-267-0227; scholarships to families with financial hardship is available

PITC: Brain Development- Quality StartOC
The human brain begins developing very early in prenatal life and continues throughout life.  In early life, the brain is much more impressionable than in maturity. This means that infant’s brains are more open to learning and enriching experiences while also being particularly vulnerable to an impoverished or un-nurturing environment.  Because brain development is heavily dependent on early experiences, it is vital that the Infant Care teacher understands how their interactions affect the developing brains of those in their care.


Audience: Early childhood educators and professionals
Location: Orange County Department of Education, Building D, Room 1002, 200 Kalmus Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Date: April 23, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Fee: Free 
Registration:  http://ocde.k12oms.org/1419-96532
Information: rcote@ocde.us  or (714) 966-4466

Parenting Magic for Early Childhood- IUSD Early Childhood Learning Center
The class will address practical parenting concepts, practical discipline, behavior management and creative solutions to everyday problems. With these tools you’ll be able to enjoy every stage of your child’s development and enjoy a life time of joy from them.


Audience: Parents
Location: MPR, 1 Smoketree, Irvine, CA 92604
Date: Thursday April 23, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; 12:30-1:30 p.m.; OR 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Fee: Free 
Registration:  Call 949-936-5890 to rsvp
Information: Child care will be provided

Annual Conference- CalSAC Orange County
Workshops include: Developing problem solving skills, Making Meetings Work, Exploring Curriculum Activities, and Delegation Skills. You will discover multiple learning opportunities to meet your needs, raffle prizes, and a networking lunch.


Audience: School-age child care providers
Location: Holiday Inn Express- San Clemente, 35 Via Pico Plaza, San Clemente, CA 92672
Date: April 25, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fee: $30
Information: Professional development certificates will be issues to be used toward all mandated professional growth hours. To stay connected to OC Chapter of CalSAC as well as the state office up north, click here.

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