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What happens to young children matters.

About Erikson Institute


The premier graduate school in child development, early education, and social work

An Erikson Institute degree can help you make a difference for young children and their families.


Earn CEUs and advance

Our workshops, seminars, and online offerings can enhance professional relationships and careers.

Continuing Education

Look to us for knowledge and insight.

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Our applied research generates new knowledge and invigorates our academic curriculum.

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Policy & Leadership

We help leaders enhance their capacity to positively influence early childhood policy.

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Our workshops for professionals are led by experts in childhood development, early education, and social work.

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Our faculty members are recognized scholars and respected voices for children and families.

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The Edward Neisser Library is a supportive resource for students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

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Our alumni are a global community serving the needs of young children and their families.


Can’t come to Erikson? We bring Erikson to you.

You don’t have to be on campus to be an Erikson student. No matter where you live, you can prepare to shape young children’s learning experiences through our online Master of Science in Early Childhood Education degree program.

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Our experts change lives

Center for Children and Families

Concerned about your child’s behavior? Our clinical team provides mental health services for families with children birth to age 8.

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Fussy Baby Network

Our infant specialists provide support over the phone and in homes for families struggling with their infants’ crying, sleeping, and feeding.

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Professional Development

We help adults who work with children and families deepen their skills and knowledge, improving their capacity to provide support.

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Messages From The President

Jeff Nagle, President & CEO - Erikson

Geoffrey A. Nagle, PhD
President and Chief Executive Officer

A crisis call for Illinois

Newly released data: 76 percent of Illinois children are not ready for kindergarten. That should be a wake-up call to the fact that school success begins with investments as early in life as possible. Read more

Children at the border

The practice of separating families that arrive at the southern U.S. border is creating a humanitarian crisis and potentially inflicting trauma on young children. Read more

Affirming our values

During a period of uncertainty and change, Erikson remains committed to the ideals of inclusion, fairness, and social justice, as well as ensuring that all children have an equitable opportunity to achieve their full potential. Read more

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