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

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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

New report outlines ways to support high-quality STEM education

A multidisciplinary group of national leaders in early childhood offers guidance for the development and improvement of effective STEM policies and practices. 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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“Children are the future of our nation. We owe it to them, and to our nation, to ensure that all children are born with the best possible chance to live, grow, and excel.”

Irving B. Harris, philanthropist and one of the founders of Erikson Institute