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.

“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.

Early Learning System Initiative

The Early Learning System Initiative (ELSI) was developed to increase early childhood educators’ access to high-quality, professional learning opportunities and technical assistance. Training opportunities are based on research and best practices in content and delivery and will be created to strengthen the implementation of existing frameworks.

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Event and Training Calendar

Take a look at all the upcoming events and trainings in the Hallie E. Ford Center.

   HFC Calendar

Impact and Future

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.


HFC Brochure

It’s more than science. Our work changes lives. See how.