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Early Childhood Training Center


The Early Childhood Training Center (ECTC) provides early childhood training, professional development, and human services consulting to individuals and entities who work with young children and families. Through a range of organizational and professional development services, the ECTC and its Center for Healthy Inclusive Parenting (CHIP) provides family support training, early childhood workshops and classes, and credential programs.

ECTC’s experienced staff offers comprehensive resources, relevant information, technical assistance, and competency based training for individuals, care providers, organizations and communities in meeting the social, emotional, health, and educational needs of young children, youth, and their families. We build on people's strengths and competencies and utilize the latest best practices to meet the individual needs of our clients.

Located at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, the Early Childhood Training Center, through the Graduate School of Education, also offers consulting services regionally, and nationally. We also offer online early childhood classes and programs that lead to specialized certificates and degrees.

We are committed to excellence in the areas of:

  • Program operations, management, and development
  • Early childhood care, education, and development
  • Services to children with disabilities and their families
  • Infant/toddler mental health, care and development
  • Family support training
  • Head Start training
  • Community development

In addition, ECTC also offers:

About the ECTC

The PSU Early Childhood Training Center (ECTC) provides training, technical assistance, research, and evaluation services to Head Start and other human service programs in the Pacific Northwest, nationally, and internationally. Started in 1965, it provides a variety of consultation, course work and program design, and implementation services.

ECTC works with a wide range of organizations, including:

  • Federal government agencies
  • School districts
  • Head Start/Early Head Start
  • Oregon Department of Education
  • Health departments
  • Community action
  • Higher education institutions
  • Libraries
  • Child care resource and referral agencies
  • National professional development organizations

ECTC's recent clients and collaborators (partial list):

  • Oregon Department of Education
  • Portland Public Schools
  • Zero to Three National Resource Center
  • Federal and regional Head Start bureau offices
  • National Center for Family Literacy
  • Tennessee State University: Center of Excellence for Research and Policy in Basic Skills
  • Free to Grow national program office: Columbia University

ECTC services are directed to managers and supervisors, early childhood providers, family services providers, disability service providers, infant and toddler service providers, and others who serve or manage programs for young children, youth, and their families.