Mindfulness in the early grades:
How can schools buffer toxic stress for young children?

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At a time of national change, Erikson Institute continues to embrace the ideals of inclusion, fairness, and social justice.

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Advice to the Trump administration: Invest in early childhood programs

In a Chicago Tribune piece, Erikson Institute’s president and CEO joins Chicago-area executives in offering ideas for helping the local economy. Read more

Should children have cell phones? It depends.

Parents are should consider many factors when deciding whether to buy their child a cell phone, writes Tamara Kaldor. Read more

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Because Nothing Matters More Than A Child’s Early Years

His passion: experiencing ‘families really becoming families’

Professor Jon Korfmacher, Ph.D.
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One school, two degrees, and countless valuable experiences

Student Kimberly Garner, M.S. ’15
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Understanding bilingualism helped shape her approach to teaching

Alumna Rakhee Dodia, M.S. ’16
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What We’ve Learned Over 50 Years


The child advocate founded Erikson Institute with three others 50 years ago. She continues to teach graduate students as the Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development and advocate for children in local and national leadership positions.

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Our Place in History

Leading with knowledge since 1966

Throughout the many social, political, and cultural changes of the last 50 years, our focus on the importance of a child’s early years has been unwavering. Our pioneering spirit continues to distinguish our work as leaders in the conversation about how to positively impact the lives of young children.

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“The best way to improve the American workforce in the 21st century is to invest in early childhood education, to ensure that even the most disadvantaged children have the opportunity to succeed along side their more advantaged peers.”

James Heckman, Nobel Prize-winning economist