‘A warm welcome’ to Erikson

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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


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

Class of 2017: Prepared to be leaders in the field

At our commencement ceremony, speakers encouraged graduates to rise to the challenges presented in ‘times of uncertainty.’
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Erikson launches new executive fellowship program with the McCormick Foundation

Political, civic, and judicial leaders will gain a deeper understanding of the long-term benefits of supporting early child development. First class of 22 fellows to begin in August.
Meet the 2017 McCormick Executive Fellows

Erikson News

Linda Gilkerson receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Gilkerson honored for ‘unflagging commitment’ to improving the lives of Illinois’ vulnerable children. More

Erikson launches two new MSW concentrations

Social work students can now gain specialized knowledge in children’s law and policy and infant/early childhood mental health. 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