Affiliated Programs

Students, faculty, and researchers throughout the college and across campus work with these programs and initiatives that are affiliated with the Hallie Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families. 

Bates Child Development Laboratory

Bates Hall is home to the on-campus Child Development Laboratory where students are trained in early childhood development and family services, where faculty and researchers engage in research, program development and evaluation, and where Corvallis area families bring their children for the Oregon Head Start Prekindergarten Program.

Extension 4-H Youth Development Program

The well-known and respected statewide 4-H Program helps young people learn and grow through an intentional process that builds competence, confidence, connection, compassion and character.

Extension Family and Community Health

Offices in 31 of Oregon's 36 counties offer programs to promote healthy communities, families, and individuals through education and community partnerships that serve the particular needs of each county.

Family Policy Program

The late Barbara Knudson established an endowed professorship and the Family Policy Program that provides undergraduate, graduate, and extended education, as well as applied research and evaluation opportunities to improve the well-being of individuals and families across the lifespan.


This weekly motor skills fitness program, managed by graduate students, pairs OSU student volunteers with children with special needs and their families.


OSU students from across campus provide leadership and teaching for the myriad courses offered through this popular, year round on-campus program of physical and educational activities for youth.