Early Learning System Initiative

Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families

ELSI overview

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The Early Learning System Initiative (ELSI) was created through an agreement between Oregon State University and the Early Learning Division of the Oregon Department of Education. ELSI is housed in the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. This initiative is designed to support state-wide professional learning opportunities among Oregon’s early educator workforce.



The Early Learning System Initiative’s purpose is to develop and implement a statewide center that works with partners to support tailored and coordinated ongoing professional learning opportunities that meet the diverse needs of Oregon’s early educator workforce.

The initiative aims to:

  • Amplify access to respectful, effective and equitable professional learning opportunities.
  • Support early educators who care for children from historically marginalized populations.
  • Listen and respond to workforce needs with high quality training.



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The Early Learning System Initiative has four related objectives:

  • Relationship development
  • Development of a mentor coaching framework
  • Supportive training aligned with early educator competencies
  • Data analysis and evaluation

Underlying each objective, ELSI commits to centering anti-racism, equity and inclusion.


Mentor Coaching

Develop and refine a Mentor Coaching Framework aimed at supporting early childhood coaches in their work with a focus on anti-racism, equity, diversity and inclusion.


Relationship Development

Work with community partners on an ongoing basis to inform the development of ELSI's scope, structure, roles, responsibilities and values.


Competency-aligned Trainings

Develop a training and technical assistance plan to expand access to high-quality, competency aligned professional development opportunities for early educators.


Data Analysis & Evaluation

Create a systematic evaluation and measurement plan to inform continuous improvement of ELSI’s activities and goals in partnership with community stakeholders.