Partnerships and Collaborations

Little Beavers seeks to collaborate with other organizations in our community.  Please find information below on some of our recent opportunities to participate in research projects.

“We believe that progress in promoting human health and wellbeing will be best achieved by working in partnership with other scientists, mental health clinicians, educators, healthcare professionals, and community leaders.”

First Step to Success and Child Care Provider Web are both current research projects of Oregon Research Institute.


First Step to Success is a collaborative home and school intervention program designed for young children in classroom settings.  The goal is to assist at-risk children with the best possible start in their school careers.

Led by trainers from the Oregon Research Institute, both our Kindergarten-Readiness and Kindergarten-Enrichment classes participated in this project which focuses on reinforcing postive behaviors.  The program teaches children how to follow teacher directions as well as school and classroom rules, how to make friends, and how to get along with others.  This positive approach to behavior management relates so well with our philosophy that we implemented it in all classrooms creating center-wide consistency for the children.  You will likely recognize the pratical aspects of this in the classroom with the terms “red card” (stop and make a better choice) and “green card” (acknowlegment of positve behaviors)  and children taking turns to wear the “green button” to help remind their friends of positive behavior choices.

First Step to Success Brochure on Project Progress


Child Care Provider Web is a research study designed to support child-care providers in strengthening the social-emotional development of infants.  Our Infant/Toddler teachers learned techniques to engage in social connections with infants using environment, routines, an infant’s signals, interest and responses; introducing toys and activities, connecting words and supportive actions and interacting with books.  These strategies promote positive engagement with the caregiver and encourage important early behaviors which are foundational for for developing social-emotional, communication and cognitive competencies. This research is funded by the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Education.


Touch Your Toes! Kindergarten Readiness Study is intended to develop a measure of children’s school readiness.  Both the Kindergarten Readiness and Kindergarten Enrichment classes participate in this project.  Each child individually plays games with a research assistant.  These fun activities measure a child’s ability to pay attention, follow directions and demonstrate self-control.   The initial work of the study is showing that self-control is an important predictor of early school success.  Megan McClelland, an Associate Professor at OSU’s Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families led the OSU research team.  She is one of the key researchers recommending that Oregon pilot a composite assessment that measures critical school readiness skills–early reading, early math, self-regulation, social competence, and cognitive development.

Read more in this Oregonian article.

Touch Your Toes! 2012 Fall Progress Report

Touch Your Toes! 2013 Spring Progress Report


  Stamp In, Safe and Friendly Playgrounds for Preschools, Daycares and Child Care Centers is a research study and training progam federally funded via the Center for Disease Control, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.  Teachers Kristi and Sue participated in this project designed to lower the number of playground injuries by  reducing child risk-taking and improving adult supervision on playgrounds at  childcare centers and preschools.  Children are rewarded with a stamp for safe and positive choices and teachers strengthen habits of carefully supervising children, engaging with them and intervening to prevent unsafe behaviors.

For more information