Undergraduate and graduate students are active in the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families, conducting research, volunteering and working with the college’s well-known programs for kids, doing internships, and working on degrees to prepare them for careers that support healthy children and families.
URAP Undergraduate Research Award program
During the academic year, undergraduates may apply to work alongside faculty conducting research. Students are paid as either apprentices or researchers, depending on their research experience and are involved in projects such as investigating school readiness in pre-schoolers and training community leaders to improve collaboration of health, mental health, human services, and education services.
Bates Child Development Laboratory
The Child Development Laboratory in Bates Hall, located adjacent to the Hallie E. Ford Center’s building, offers students a “living laboratory” to study development in young children. This unique on-campus program, prepares professionals in early childhood development and family services, generates and transmits knowledge on family-focused early childhood programs through research, program development, and evaluation, and offers a Head Start prekindergarten program. Take a quick tour and read more.
IMPACT Individualized Movement and Physical Activity Today
In the college’s well-known and respected IMPACT Program, undergraduates work one on one with children and youth with disabilities such as Down syndrome, autism, and cerebral palsy. The weekly program, managed by graduate students in the college’s nationally respected Movement Studies in Disabilities program, features individualized motor fitness activities, socialization and parental support for area families. Read "Swimming with Sam". (pdf)
Since 1961, OSU’s KidSpirit Program has been offering year round activities for youth in health, physical activity, science and creative arts to improve the skills, lifestyle and social development of children of all ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds. OSU students lead activities that focus on instruction and skill building, increasing confidence and self-esteem, and fostering personal talents. The KidSpirit staff study and demonstrate effective teaching strategies, professionalism, and learn life skills that increase their confidence and self-esteem, enabling them to enter the workplace as leaders. Read "Kids in the Kitchen and on the field". (pdf)
Students seeking careers working to support children and families have numerous options in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences.