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Trainings and Events

Early Childhood CARES offers many parent trainings and family events throughout the school year.

To sign up for text message reminders about events, either visit this link: or text @eccares to the number 81010.

Parent Chats

  • Come meet new families!
  • Each month has a new theme and guest speaker from 10:00 am -noon with expert guidance for families.
  • Coffee, light snacks, and free childcare will be provided.

Conversación con los Padres

  • ¡Vengan a conocer otros padres!
  • Cada mes tendremos un tema y a un invitado de 10:00-12:00 pm con ideas y sugerencias para la familia.
  • ¡Café, un refrigerio ligero, y cuidado de niños se proporcionará!

2018-19 Dates and Themes – Fechas y Temas

  • March 2, Advocating for your Child using Person-Centered Planning & the One-Page Profile, presented by Nancy Berge, Arc Families Connected Program Manager
  • March 9, Potty Training 101, presented by Julia Rockwell, Autism & Behavior Specialist
  • May 4, Strategies for Helping Picky Eaters, presented by Brittany Willis & Elaine Toper, Occupational Therapists
  • June 8, Positive Behavior Supports at Home, presented by Natalya McComas, Behavior Support Specialist
  • Please register by calling or emailing Carla Moore: 541-346-2578.
  • Por favor de registrarse llamando a Guadalupe Moreno: 541-346-0742 o mandando un texto al 541-206-8309.

Parenting Class

We offer an eight-week Positive Behavior Group in fall, winter, and spring. The group is designed to help parents decrease negative behaviors in preschool-aged children and is based upon The Incredible Years, developed by Dr. Carolyn Webster-Stratton with the University of Washington.

Childcare will be provided each week by Early Childhood CARES staff. A light dinner will also be provided. Pre-registration is required. Parents need to register for the group even if childcare is not needed.

Our spring class is starting April 16.

To register:

  • Call 541-346-2578, text 541-393-7200 or email

Family Events

  • May 18, 10-noon, Family Fun Day at Centennial Elementary School

Community Preschool Trainings

Our annual Community Preschool Training series is designed to equip local preschool teachers and daycare providers with additional skills for working with children who have developmental delays and disabilities.

All trainings will be held at Lane Community College from 6:30-8 pm: Main Campus, 4000 E. 30th Ave. Eugene. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Register by calling Family Connections at 541-463-3954 or online at:

Certificates will be provided.

2019 Trainings Winter/Spring

  • February 13, Beyond the Basics: Teaching Strategies for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, presented by Julia Rockwell and Florien Deurloo, Autism and Behavior Consultants with Early Childhood CARES
    • Beyond the Basics is a training designed for teachers and providers that have foundational skills and knowledge of autism spectrum disorder, and are wishing to expand their teacher “toolbox” with teaching strategies designed to build communication, functional routines, and positive interactions with others.  Join us to explore these strategies and add new tools to your teacher toolbox!
  • March 6, Building Resilience Through a Trauma-Informed Preschool Classroom, presented by Kari Hagemayer and Corrinne Kaleese, EI/ECSE specialists
    • Childhood trauma is prevalent in our community, with research suggesting that more than 60% of Oregon’s children experience traumatic childhood events. What is trauma, how does it affect the brain, and how can we build resilience in children through trauma-informed teaching practices? Come to this training to explore answers to these questions.
  • April 15, Supporting Children’s Self Regulation Using Books, Activities, and Calm Spaces, presented by Natalya McComas, Behavior Consultant and Jeanie Smith, School Psychologist & Evaluator from Early Childhood CARES.
    • Do you want to know what you can to do help children develop skills to cope with strong feelings, focus their attention, and control impulses? If so, this workshop will provide you with developmental information, current resources from the literature, and tools that will promote children’s social, emotional, and behavioral success in your classroom. Come learn what children need you to know about supporting their self-regulation.
  • May 15, Diversity Training, presented by Cultural Competency Team

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