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Early Childhood Training Center

Dear Members of the Head Start Community:

Portland State University regrets to announce we are no longer able to host the Early Childhood Training Center (ECTC) after nearly 50 years of proud service to the community, effective July 22, 2014.

We are exceedingly proud of the dedicated and professional service offered by Mary Foltz and Charles Smith over the last two decades; Mary served the community through ECTC for almost 25 years, and Charles almost 20 years.

Although PSU will no longer be able to provide ECTC services, Charles and Mary will continue to provide the full range of posted ECTC consultation and training services in a private capacity. You may reach them at:

Mary Foltz
Office: 503-395-3244
Cell: 503-819-4162 

They will continue to provide services in the following areas: 

Program and organization development

  • Organizational design
  • Program development and evaluation
  • Strategic planning
  • Decision making
  • Adult and professional development
  • Effective supervision and management skills
  • Reflective practice
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Teamwork and conflict management
  • Burnout prevention
  • Head Start quality improvement

Head Start board training

  • Policy Council - leadership development
  • Head Start performance standards implementation
  • Program option implementation
  • Start-up planning
  • Program self-assessment facilitation
  • PRISM preparation
  • Quality improvement plans
  • HSFIS design and user training
  • Early childhood care and education

Comprehensive child development

  • Infant and early childhood mental health
  • Observation
  • Screening, assessment, and curriculum
  • Individualization
  • Early Literacy
  • Indoor and outdoor environments
  • Classroom management and positive guidance
  • Documentation
  • Staffing systems (i.e., primary caregiving)
  • Early childhood and disabilities information and resources
  • Family and community partnerships

Family services

  • Motivational interviewing
  • Home visiting
  • Family partnership agreements/IEP/IFSP
  • Parent involvement in program services
  • Services to pregnant women
  • Parent education
  • Fatherhood services
  • Family literacy
  • Collaborations and interagency agreements
  • "Free to Grow" development consultation

All consultation can be tailored to meet your program, agency, or institutional staff's needs.