Annual Luncheon: $1.1 million raised to support our early childhood work.

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Erikson News

2016 Annual Luncheon commemorates a milestone year and 50 years of groundbreaking work

Highlights included a keynote speech from New York Times columnist David Brooks and the presentation of the Spirit of Erikson award to photographer and longtime Erikson trustee Kathy Richland Pick. Read more

Erikson’s mindfulness research focuses on how children learn to cope with toxic stress

Writing in Crain’s Chicago Business, Geoffrey A. Nagle, Ph.D., explains how our federally funded research is helping create knowledge around the benefits of mindfulness techniques in the classroom. Read more

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Hear from our students, alumni, and faculty about how an Erikson education uniquely sets you apart as a professional with deep knowledge about children and families.
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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 founder of Erikson’s Early Math Collaborative talks about the importance of foundational math concepts and how adults can overcome a lack of confidence in teaching math to provide children with valuable lessons.

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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