First 5 Calaveras serves as the lead agency for “Strengthening Calaveras Families” which consists of First 5 Calaveras, Prevent Child Abuse Calaveras,
and programs funded under the Behavioral Health Services: Mental Health Services Act (Proposition 63)

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Training Information

Parent Education, Seminars & Workshops 

Various topics to support parents and guardians in raising children of all ages. Offered in locations across the county and throughout the year.

All Strengthening Families Parent Seminars and Workshops are available to Calaveras families with children from birth through 17 years old. 

Child care may be provided for children ages 3-12, dependent upon space availability. Head Start Teachers provide quality on-site child care which complements the focus of the parent workshops. Nutritious snack is provided.

Please see Trainings below or our Event Calendar for more information on events, flyers, and to Register for classes


Foster Training Incentive Program (FosterTIP)

FosterTIP is a Stipend Program for Foster Parents and Kinship Providers to participate in local trainings

Learn How Children Think - San Andreas

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"Learn How Children Think: Different Stages, Different Minds", 3 part series facilitated by Marina Koorkoff 

The Resource Connection in San Andreas

Tuesdays, 2/18, 2/25, & 3/3






Let's Talk About Bullying

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"Let's Talk About Bullying", two part series facilitated by Christine Bitler, LCSW

West Point Elementary School

Thursdays, 3/12 & 19

Learn How Children Think - Murphys

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"Learn How Children Think: Different Stages, Different Minds", 3 part series facilitated by Marina Koorkoff 

Michelson Elementary School in Murphys

Wednesdays 2/19, 2/26, & 3/4






Parenting Kids with Special Needs - Angels Camp

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"Parenting Kids with Special Needs", facilitated by Ryan Thompson, M.D. and Karen Pekarcik, LCSW 

CCOE in Angels Camp

Wednesday, 4/15

Copper Parent Cafe - February

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"Copper Parent Cafe: Implementing Change with Co-Regulation", facilitated by Maggie Rollings

Lake Tulloch Bible Church in Copperopolis

Tuesday, 2/25














It's Paint Night in Valley Springs!

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"It's Paint Night!", a hands-on, interactive class with your child facilitated by Autumn Hesser, Teacher

Valley Springs Elementary School Garden

Tuesday, 4/21





Training for Professionals

Professional Training provided for Early Childhood Educators, Teachers, Supervisors, Therapists, Social Workers, and other community professionals.

Building a Restorative School Environment

A foundational introduction training designed for school administrators, educators, counselors, and parent leaders presented by Kerri Berkowitz, Restorative Justice Practices Trainer and Implementation Specialist


March 19, 2020

Registration is free to Calaveras participants through the link below.

Register Online

This one-day training offers a thorough overview of building a restorative school community by introducing restorative principles and concepts, community building practices, and a non-punitive, yet highly effective, discipline approach for responding to conflict and behavioral infractions.

For more information, please contact Joyce Peek 209.754-6916.


Mindful Schools

In 2015, First 5 Calaveras in Partnership with Calaveras Unified School District piloted The Mindful School Program for educators and students at West Point Elementary School. The purpose was to offer a neuroscience research based approach to support teacher and student wellness.  In partnership with “Mindful Schools” in Oakland, CA educators completed two 6 week online courses that supported a personal practice followed by a curriculum course for implementation in the classroom.

Currently, West Point Elementary, Mokelumne Hill Elementary, Copperopolis and Mark Twain Elementary (lower grades) are implementing the practice at their respective schools.

What is Mindfulness?

Research and Neuroscience

Just Breathe

just breathe film link

Watch and hear from elementary school students learning to use mindfulness to navigate complex feelings in this short video created by Mindful Schools graduate & filmmaker, Julie Bayer Salzman


Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)

In 2018, First 5 Calaveras in Partnership with Calaveras County Office of Education and Calaveras Trauma Consortia held "Building A Trauma Sensitive School Community" Workshop with Steve Graner, NME Project Director from The ChildTrauma Academy. The Neurosequential Model in Education was developed by  Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. and the ChildTrauma Academy to educate school staff about developmental trauma and how to apply that knowledge in interactions with children whose development has been compromised by adverse childhood experience.

Workshop Materials

Building a Trauma Sensitive School Community Materials:



First 5 New Parent Guide


Practical information on good health, loving relationships and early learning opportunities.

You may be eligible for

NO COST Parent Counseling

This MHSA-Prop 63 funded program is available to Calaveras County parents with
children ages 0 to 17 years old who are uninsured or have other insurance barriers.

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For program information contact Joyce Peek at (209) 754-6916