Early Learning System Initiative

Early Learning System Initiative

Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families

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The Early Learning System Initiative (ELSI) was developed to increase early access to high-quality, professional learning opportunities and technical assistance for the early education workforce in Oregon.

We are engaged in four core areas of work

Coaching core

Coaching Core

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.

Download the coaching core one-pager.

ELSI Training Core

Professional Learning Core

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

Download the professional learning core one-pager.


Relationship Development Core

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


Impact and Evaluation Core

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

Download the impact and evaluation core one-pager.

For more information from each team, please contact

Administrative: Megan McClelland (Director) or Tammy Winfield (Program Coordinator)

Professional Learning Core: Alexis Tracy (Team Lead)

Coaching Core: [email protected]

ELSI in the news

Want to learn more about Oregon’s early learning workforce and other facts about early care and education?

Visit Oregon Early Learners Facts and Findings.

All education happens on Indigenous land. Oregon State University is located within the traditional homelands of the Mary's River or Ampinefu Band of Kalapuya. We acknowledge the land on which we each live, serve, and educate.

In order to begin healing, we encourage our partners to build knowledge of the people and history of the land we call home.

The Importance of Land: Land is something sacred to all of us, whether we consciously appreciate it or not — it is the space upon which we play, live, eat, find love, and experience life. The land is ever-changing and ever-shifting, giving us — and other creatures and beings on the earth — an infinite number of gifts and lessons.

--Native Land Digital, 2021