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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

  • December 8, Using Sign Language to Promote Language Development, presented by Cory Byers, SLP and Cassandra Trout, EI/ECSE specialist
  • January 26, Transition to Kindergarten, presented by FACT Oregon
  • February 9, Alignment of Early Learning and Kindergarten Standards, presented by Judy Newman, Director of Early Childhood CARES
  • February 16, Spanish chat – Apoyando aprender dos idiomas en la casa (Supporting Learning Two Languages at Home), presentado por Dr. Lauren Cycyk
  • March 9, Potty Training 101, presented by Julia Rockwell, EI/ECSE Specialist
  • April 27, Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports, presented by Natalya McComas, Behavior Specialist
  • May 4, Strategies for Helping Picky Eaters, presented by Brittany Willis & Elaine Toper, Occupational Therapists
  • 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.

Family Events

  • November 16, 6-7:45 pm, Swim Night at Tamarack Pool, limited to first 65 swimmers who arrive
  • December 14, 6-7:45 pm, Swim Night at Tamarack Pool, limited to first 65 swimmers who arrive
  • February 2, 10-noon, Health Fair with free dental, vision and hearing screenings at 1500 W. 12th Ave.
  • 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

  • January 30, Exploring Diversity through Emergent Curriculum, presented by Early Childhood CARES Cultural Competency Team
    • Come discuss and explore ways to teach tolerance and learn creative ways to celebrate diversity in the classroom. By the end of the training you can expect to walk away with:
      • Ideas to teach tolerance and celebrate difference
      • How to respond to children and parents
      • How to adapt your existing curriculum so that all children and families feel safe and welcome!
  • 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 TBD, ECPBIS

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