Hallie E. Ford Center
for Healthy Children and Families

To thrive, families need a strong foundation. We're Building it.


The Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families promotes the development and well-being of children, youth and families by generating, translating and sharing research-based knowledge. The center advocates a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to research, training and outreach that has far-reaching consequences for Oregon and beyond.

August 4, 2020

How to Stay Physically, but Not Emotionally, Distant with Kindergarten and Pre-K Students

Social distancing poses several challenges for younger children whose physical and emotional needs differ from older kids. Educators have identified ways to keep kids safe while giving them the environment needed to learn and feel cared for. Read more at KQED.

June 23, 2020

Slowing the #SummerSlide – Tips for Parents and Caregivers

The kids may not be back in day care or PreK for quite a while, so we’ve gathered tips from top educators and researchers to help you shift gears from home schooling to summer vacation. Read more at Early Learning Nation.

May 22, 2020

Overwhelmed working from home and home-schooling? Expert says you're not alone

"To them we're there and we're at home and it's hard for them to see that their job is to go to school at home somehow and our job is to somehow work from home and so it's really hard to do both of those things." Watch video at KGW8.

May 7, 2020

How to Prevent a Child From Constantly Interrupting Your Zoom Call

It's all about preparation. And no, saying "shush!", doesn't solve anything. Read full story at Fathery.

Research Cores

The Center is organized into four Research Cores. These cores build on the existing strengths of the college and serve as catalysts for collaborative research activity that will lead the college to new prominence in advancing science and serving the needs of the public.

In celebration of Oregon Parenting Education Week, the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families and the Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative is hosting a webinar series to support the work of parenting education professionals and bringing awareness to the importance of parenting education for the health of children and families.

   Info and videos

Whole Child Training Institute

Hallie Ford Center

The Hallie Ford Center hosts training series is to provide high-quality professional development trainings that address the needs of the whole child for educators, administrators, specialists, etc. who work with children and youth of all abilities.

Next training: Social and Emotional Learning.

   Info and registration

We know that success in life starts early. You could even say it starts HERE. Learn more about the Hallie Ford Center’s impact – and its compelling future.  Impact and Future

It’s more than science. Our work changes lives. See how in the  HFC Brochure


“Our work begins with passion and leads to life-changing results. The center generates, translates and shares research-based knowledge to improve the health and well-being of children and families.”

Director Megan McClelland.