Class of 2017: Prepared to be leaders in the field

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

A message from Geoffrey Nagle, President and CEO

Don’t miss an exclusive event!

Spend a Saturday morning with us on June 3. Our Open House will feature Erikson experts and highlight topics of interest for young children and families. Read More


We are proud to be recognized with a Gold rating from GuideStar.

The message behind Erikson’s window display

‘The message is all about children and how there are tremendous needs that Erikson is addressing.’ A conversation with Ikram.
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Erikson volunteers participate in Service Week

A partnership with Chicago’s Christopher House offers opportunities to read to children and volunteer in schools and classrooms.
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Erikson welcomes new Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Cheryl Mendelson’s career spans higher education, academic medicine, and the arts. Read more

Erikson News

Erikson Institute welcomes early childhood representatives from China

Visiting directors, investors and teachers are part of Erikson’s China Initiative More

Erikson Institute receives one of largest gifts in its 50-year history

$5 million will elevate the early childhood workforce nationwide through scholarships More

‘Erikson Prepared’

Students, alumni, and faculty share their thoughts on what makes the Erikson Institute experience unique and how it can prepare you for a career working to improve the lives of children, families, and communities.

Mindfulness in the early grades

How can schools buffer toxic stress for young children?
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Because Nothing Matters More Than A Child’s Early Years

Erikson set her on a path to change child- and family-focused systems

Alumna Bilge Cerezci, Ph.D.
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Her approach to research: Represent the underrepresented

Professor Tonya Bibbs, M.S.W., Ph.D.
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At Erikson, he developed a sense of himself to help him serve others

Alumnus Joshua Abrahams, M.S. ‘11
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Learn about other Erikson faculty, alumni, and students.

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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