Infant Child Enrichment Services has postponed all in-person events in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are still dedicated to our mission to enrich the lives of children and families and support child care providers. That is why ICES is now launching virtual events. ICES is making it possible for you to view many of our virtual workshops, live or recorded! Recorded workshops will be available for a limited time only. You can register for events below.
If you are unfamiliar or uncomfortable with Zoom, check out this “Super Easy Guide to Zoom” to get acquainted with this technology and get the most out of our virtual workshops and classes.
2020/2021 Workshops Provided by Resource & Referral
The workshops provided by ICES Resource & Referral program are open to anyone caring for children and are not county specific. That means that you can register for any workshop regardless of your location. Check out our up-coming events below!
Child Care Provider Forum
Kristina Herrera, Tuolumne County Public Health Covid Response Chief, will be our guest this Thursday, November 19th, from 6-8 pm, for the ICES child care provider forum. She will share resources with child care providers, teachers, and program administrators on how to be prepared with a solid Plan if a child, parent, or staff member tests positive for Covid. Don’t be caught without a Plan! This is an excellent opportunity to learn from our local health experts and to ask questions.
The forum meets monthly, on Zoom. Anyone who provides care for children is welcome to participate. To find out when the next forum will be and/or register for this event, contact your county ICES office or fill out your county’s registration form below.
Fall Crafting Workshop
To register for this event, it is preferred that you contact your county ICES office. You may also fill out your county’s registration form below.
The Mariposa office will be adapting its fall crafting workshop to an online format this year. During this workshop, we will complete crafts together, leaving you with items you can use in your program. ICES will be providing craft supplies to participants in advance so you can craft along at home. If you would like to attend, please contact your local ICES office so we can arrange for you to pick up the supplies in advance.
Date: Wednesday November 18, 2020
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Healthy Eating and Drinking in Child Care in the midst of COVID
With so much needed emphasis on keeping children healthy and safe during this time, staying motivated to try new foods, recipes, and healthy drinks with kids may be a challenge. But good nutrition and healthy eating habits are a vital component of building and maintaining children’s immune systems. Our local University of CA extension office has some fun and interactive ways to learn about the latest recommendations for healthy beverages, plus resources on COVID-related food safety, food storage, and tips on engaging families to partner with you. To register for this event, you may contact your county ICES office or fill out your county’s registration form below.
Date: Tuesday, December 1st
Parent Engagement / Winter Traditions
To register for this event, you may contact your county ICES office or fill out your county’s registration form below.
Not everyone celebrates the same winter holidays and even when they do, each family may have different traditions that we can celebrate! We will be exploring Zoom use for providers to engage with parents and families (who are willing) to share their family winter traditions with other children in care. If time allows, we will also be presenting on and discussing winter traditions around the world.
Date: Tuesday, December 8th
Time: 6-8 pm
Among the many roles of child care providers, promoting cognitive development in children is high on the list of importance. In this workshop, we will discuss the various aspects of cognitive development and explore how to promote such development with music, movement, and play. Please dress comfortably and be ready to do some movement! To register for this event, you may contact your county ICES office or fill out your county’s registration form below.
Date: Tuesday, January 12th
Time: 6-8 pm
Racism & Implicit Bias
Racism and implicit bias are very uncomfortable topics that urgently need to be addressed in our society. In this workshop, we will employ compassion and reflective practice to explore racism in child care, micro-aggressions, and how we can be more mindful of our implicit bias. This is the third of the three foundational workshops to be eligible for ICES Bucks incentives. To register for this event, you may contact your county ICES office or fill out your county’s registration form below.
Date: Thursday, January 28th
Time: 6-8 pm
The Why & How of Visual Supports
Are you working with children who are still learning to speak, read, and comprehend language? Do you care for an English Language Learner? Do you notice children in your care struggling to transition from one activity or routine to the next? Are you encountering challenging behavior that cannot be redirected verbally? In this workshop participants will learn how visual supports in the child care environment can help all children communicate needs, interests, and emotions. Participants will also learn how to set children up to succeed in developing language, following routines, schedules, social & behavioral expectations, and navigating their environment. To register for this event, you may contact your county ICES office or fill out your county’s registration form below.
Date: Monday, February 8 Time: 6-8 pm
Observation, Screening, Assessment, & Documentation
Every moment of child care involves supervision, making sure children are safe and healthy. But in order to effectively support each child’s individual development, the use of intentional observation strategies will help you see what their strengths and interests are, and if they’re on track developmentally. This knowledge will also benefit your relationship with parents as together you set learning goals for their child. Participants will learn about creative observation and documentation tools that will help in discerning children’s behavior. To register for this event, you may contact your county ICES office or fill out your county’s registration form below.
Date: Monday, February 22 Time: 6-8 pm
Year-Round Parenting Classes
Our Raising Healthy Families program in Tuolumne County offers year-round parenting classes to residents of Tuolumne County. A wide range of subjects is covered, and each subject is considered over the course of several weeks.
Classes are held every Tuesday from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. To register for parenting classes, fill out the Tuolumne Registration form below.
Current Class Topic
Stress/ Anger Management/ Emotions: In this 6 week class, parents will learn techniques for dealing with their own stress/ anger management, strategies to help their children learn to manage stress and anger, and how to raise emotionally competent children.
Beginning November 23rd
Ending December 29th
Upcoming Class Topic
Self-Esteem: Parents will learn how self-esteem impacts our lives and ways to help build their child’s self-esteem in this five week class.
Beginning January 11th
Ending February 23rd
Register for Events Here!
While the Raising Healthy Families program is presently limited to Tuolumne County Residents, all ICES child care provider workshops are open to the public in both Mariposa and Tuolumne counties. When registering for events be sure to choose the appropriate event registration form for the county you reside in.