Early Childhood Newsletter
ECLC Irvine Unified School District
Important Upcoming Community Events
February 7: Discovery Days at Centennial Farms, Click for more information
February 8: Prescription for Reading: The Benefits of Early Exposure, Register Here
February 8: Happy Hearts, Happy Starts: Easing Anxiety and Stress for Young Children and Families, Register Here
February 21: How Teaching with Reflection and Perspective-Taking Nurtures Kindness, Empathy and Justice in Young Children, Register Here
February 26: IUSD Pre-K Parent Information Meeting, Register Here
Discovery Days at Centennial Farm
During a Discovery Day, “farmers” are stationed around the farm available to answer questions and provide information. Upon check-in, participants receive a map to aid in getting around and seeing all Centennial Farm has to offer. Also includes an opportunity for children to pet a chick and plant a radish seed.
Organization: Orange County Fair & Event Center
Audience: Open to all ages
Location: OC Fair & Event Center, Centennial Farm, 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa, 92626
Date: Wednesday, February 7, 9 a.m.–Noon. Click here(link is external) to view additional dates.
Fee: Free admission and parking
Information: Online reservations required for groups of 10 or more people. Click here(link is external) for more information.
How Perspective-Taking Nurtures Empathy, Kindness, & Justice in ECE
Learn how to guide young children to become mindful of and empathetic toward other people’s perspectives. In this webinar you will learn:
- the benefits of pets in the classroom to foster young children’s perspective-taking as part of their social/emotional development
- ways to intentionally use children’s literature as part of the curriculum that can incorporate guiding principles including empathy
- the importance of listening and holding space with young children
- ways to incorporate conversations and stories among educators with a mentor/coach as a way to gain a deeper understanding of ourselves
Organization: Early Childhood Investigations
Audience: Early childhood professionals
Date: Wednesday, February 21, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Information: Click here(link is external) to register. If unable to attend live webinar, all registered participants receive a link to the recording when it is ready to be viewed.
Katie Wheeler Library February Calendar
City of Irvine Winter Recreation Activities Newsletter for IUSD
City of Irvine Fall Recreation Activities Newsletter for IUSD
The City of Irvine’s Fall Recreation Activities Newsletter for IUSD is now available online. This latest edition includes information about enrichment activities and camps for school-aged children. To learn more, click here. To sign your student(s) up for programs, visit yourirvine.org. For questions, call 949-724-6600 or email email@example.com.
Regional Center Orange County
Family Support Network Behavior Management Service
The Developmental Screening Program is designed for children ages 0-5 focusing on 6 key areas of development. Qualified therapists screen children in the following areas: speech and language, fine and gross motor skills, emotional/behavior health, vision, dental, and health.
Help Me Grow
Irvine Child Care Project (ICCP)
The Child Care Coordination Office provides a variety of services designed to enhance and maintain the quality of child care in the community. City staff work with individuals, organizations, and businesses to help provide quality services for children.
For more information, please visit their website
Irvine Family Resource Center
OC Libraries Kindergarten Readiness
City of Irvine Child Resource Center
What is the Lending Library?
The CRC Lending Library features tools to support every area of children's development from birth through school age, including:
- Children's books to extend early learning
- Children's music CDs: classical, jazz, world music, and contemporary children's artists
- Child development, parenting, activity, and curriculum books
- Family child care business reference materials
- DVDs and training materials for parents and early childhood educators
- Educational toys: math manipulatives, music and movement materials, emergent literacy resources, science materials
- Lamination and Ellison die cut machines. Click here to view list of available die cuts.
Child Resource Center
Please note: The City of Irvine continues to follow state and local health and safety guidelines. Face coverings are required for visitors inside all City facilities, regardless of vaccination status, with some exemptions as outlined in the California Department of Public Health Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings.
Children Home Society
At CHS, child’s health, safety, well-being, and happiness start at home with their parents and family. In order for a child to succeed, their family must succeed. CHS offers a variety of excellent services and resources for families, from free workshops to parenting newsletters.
Caring and qualified child care providers play a vital role in the healthy development of children and the overall success of families. At CHS, we aim to assist child care providers by providing resources and education so that they can best serve the needs of the children in their care. Browse the links below to learn more about available resources.