Early Childhood Newsletter

ECLC Irvine Unified School District

Important Upcoming Dates

Sept 9: Supporting Social and Emotional Development 8:15am and 11:45am

Sep 23: Special Education 101 at 10:00am and 1:15pm

School Readiness Site

Curious about kindergarten readiness and making sure your child is on track? Check out our school readiness site, where you can find parent education videos, monthly articles, and more!

Learning Link

Due to new guidance, Learning Link will be returning online. Our next virtual event is on Wednesday, September 29th @9:00am. Learning Link is an interactive center for parents and their children, ages 0-5. Activities for all ages will be available for you and your child to do together. Click here to learn more and register for FREE

Wednesday's 9:00am to 9:30am

Parent Education: Supporting Social Emotional Development

September 9, 2021

ECLC MPR: Register for 8:15am or 11:45am

Presenters: Early Learning Specialist, Parent Educator, Occupational Therapists

Come learn about this important developmental milestone that will better prepare your toddler or preschooler for their future success in kindergarten and beyond.

Parent Education: SPED 101

September 23, 2021

ECLC MPR: Register for 10:00am in-person or 1:15am via Zoom

Presenters: Coordinator of Early Childhood Special Education & Special Education Administrative Staff

Do you have a child in a special education program? Join us as we discuss the assessment process, developmental milestones, the IEP Process, and TK/K transitions.

City of Irvine Seeks Applicants for Four Positions on Child Care Committee

Applications must be submitted online at cityofirvine.org/childcare by 5 p.m. September 16.

IRVINE, Calif. (August 6, 2021): The City of Irvine is accepting applications for four volunteer positions on the Irvine Child Care Committee: two community members and two center- or home-based child care providers.

The Irvine Child Care Committee acts in an advisory capacity to the Community Services Commission, providing input on the needs of the community pertaining to child care-related issues. The full committee includes five City Council appointees; two center- or home-based child care providers; two parents/guardians; three representatives, one each from Irvine Unified School District, University of California Irvine, and Irvine Valley College; and two community representatives.

Applicants must be willing to commit to a two-year term of active service, January 2022 through December 2023. Irvine Child Care Committee meetings are held the second Tuesday of select months (at least six times a year) from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Heritage Park Community Center, other Irvine locations, or virtually.

Applications are available online at cityofirvine.org/childcare. Completed applications must be submitted online by 5 p.m. Thursday, September 16.

For additional information, contact Traci Stubbler at 949-724-6635 or tstubbler@cityofirvine.org.

Since its incorporation in 1971, Irvine has become a nationally recognized city, with a population of 271,564 that spans 66 square miles and is recognized as one of America’s safest and most successful master-planned urban communities. Top-rated educational institutions, an enterprising business atmosphere, sound environmental stewardship, and respect for diversity all contribute to Irvine’s enviable quality of life. This family-friendly city features more than 16,000 acres of parks, sports fields and dedicated open space and is the home of Great Park. For more information, please visit cityofirvine.org
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Irvine Child Care Project (ICCP)

The Irvine Child Care Project (ICCP) provides scholarships to income-eligible families which provides help paying for your child to attend an ICCP child care program. This funding can be used to attend any ICCP program, as there is one located on each Irvine Unified School District elementary campus.

Families must meet the following criteria to be eligible for an ICCP Scholarship:

  • The child must attend an IUSD school.
  • Qualifying family income must meet current HUD income guidelines, based on family size.
  • Adult household members must be employed.

Due to the availability of temporary, one-time funds provided through the CARES Act, families who have lost employment, wages, or are at risk of homelessness due to the coronavirus pandemic may also be eligible for funding.

Awards to eligible applicants cover a percentage of monthly tuition fees based on demonstrated financial need. Scholarship payments are made directly to the ICCP child care provider.

I am very excited to announce that the ICCP Scholarship Application is now an online application, meaning you can fill the application out online, upload supporting documentation and submit. As of today ICCP will no longer be accepting paper applications.

To view details or apply online please visit: cityofirvine.org/childcarescholarships

Child Behavior Pathways Training

Child Behavior Pathways: Virtual Sessions and Resources have been created in a modified 8-week “Coping With Challenging Behaviors” course in English and Spanish. Please call (949) 267-0227 or access https://child-behavior-pathways.teachable.com to register or for more information. ECLC families may receive a 30% discount...contact (949) 936-5855 to inquire about offers. Click Below for the flyer.

Pretend City Children's Museum is here to support each child's development from birth to age 5. They work to emphasize the importance of play and regular developmental checkups in order to support parents and caregivers in the community. On top of being a fun interactive museum for young children, they also offer on-site health checkups, developmental screening, and educational trainings for parents and caregivers.

Developmental screenings are tools used to help inform you on where your child is at in the context of development, language, movement, thinking, behavior, and emotions.

Complete an online Developmental screening (ASQ) and receive a FREE ticket to Pretend City. Complete your FREE ASQ here: https://www.pretendcity.org/forms/asq/

Pretend City Children's Museum

29 Hubble Irvine, CA 92618

PH. 949.428.3900


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OC Libraries Kindergarten Readiness Site

The County of Orange, through the OC Public Libraries, has a wonderful Kindergarten Readiness Website with developmentally appropriate Book Lists, Community Resources, E-Learning, Rhyming, Activities, Reading Programs, and more. Click Here to Learn More

Vaccine Information

My Turn is now live for families to schedule vaccine appointments for Californians aged 12+.

UCI Eye Mobile

UCI Eye Mobile is currently offering FREE eye exam appointments for children 3-12 years old

For more information and to schedule an appointment, please call Jennifer Espinoza directly at (949) 824-6363

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Irvine Family Resource Center

The Irvine Family Resource Center collaborates between Irvine Unified and several community agencies to provide:

  • Short-Term, Evidence-Based Mental Health Services
  • Parent Workshops
  • Teen Workshops
  • Resource Linkage and Referral

Irvine Parent Education Program:

IUSD's parent education program is comprised of a diverse team of people here to support and assist you year-round in multiple languages! Contact Erin Timberman at ErinTimberman@IUSD.org for additional information or click here to explore the IPEP website

Parent Calendar and Resources

Contact Information

Tina Ali, Parent Educator

Chelsea Lee, School Readiness Nurse