Erikson recognizes those who make significant contributions to the education and development of children.

Since 1994, Erikson has presented the Spirit of Erikson Institute Award to an individual or organization at our annual celebration.

Spirit of Erikson Institute Award

On June 18, 2013, Erikson honored the Robert R. McCormick Foundation and David Hiller, the foundation’s president and CEO, for supporting early care and education in Illinois. Photos and more

Past recipients

  • 2012: Joseph A. Gregoire and PNC Bank Photos
  • 2011: Harriet Meyer Photos
  • 2010: Larry Richman Photos
  • 2009: Bill Kurtis and Donna LaPietra Photos
  • 2008: After School Matters, accepted by Maggie Daley Photos
  • 2007: J.B. Pritzker More
  • 2006: John W. Rowe
  • 2005: James C. Tyree
  • 2004: Harrison I. Steans
  • 2003: Michael P. Krasny and CDW
  • 2002: Michael J. and Shirley R. Madigan
  • 2001: Barbara T. Bowman
  • 2000: Sandra P. Guthman
  • 1999: John W. Rogers, Jr.
  • 1998: Martin J. Koldyke
  • 1997: Gery J. Chico
  • 1996: Marjorie Craig Benton
  • 1994: Irving B. Harris