Our research and work in the community generates new knowledge, invigorates our academic courses, and improves life for children and families in Chicago and throughout the nation.
Applied research — studies that respond directly to the needs of young children and the people who serve them — is an Erikson hallmark. We focus on what works and how and on models that can be replicated.
Community initiatives with children and families or the professionals who work with them are also a key element of our work. We partner with schools, social service agencies, hospitals, and more.
Areas of focus
Evaluating strategies for assessing young children. More »
Researching the issues that effect the most needy children. More »
Working with families at all socioeconomic levels. More »
Supporting the emotional health and development of infants and their families. More »
Building positive and powerful early education experiences for children in pre-kindergarten through third grade. More »
Exploring the effects of new devices and new uses of technology with very young children. More »
Types of work
Alphabetical list of Erikson’s research projects and community initiatives. More »
Chronological list of publications by Erikson’s faculty and staff. More »
Chronological list of presentations and appearances by Erikson’s faculty and staff. More »
Conducting original research, evaluations, and analysis to inform, guide, and support effective early childhood policy. More »
Designed to help children close the mathematics achievement gap, and research shows we’re succeeding. More »
Partnering with Chicago Public Schools to promote high-quality early education, PreK–3rd grade. More »