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Professional Development

Learn more about continuing education courses, workshops, and programs to help deepen your early childhood knowledge and skills and anti-racism practice.

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Overview of Professional Development

Helping Professionals Grow Early Childhood Expertise and Anti-Racism Practice

Find out how we help organizations, groups, and individuals support children, individuals, families, and systems.

Recognized for our groundbreaking work in the field of early childhood, Erikson provides multiple training opportunities across a range of child-focused subject areas. We have also been on the forefront of developing anti-racism practice workshops that reach across all sectors. Erikson’s unique programming are evidence-based and strongly rooted in our history of applied research.

Shift power, voice and perspective to the lived experiences of communities of color with two unique programs.

Find publicly-available courses, seminars and conferences for early care, early education, early childhood policy and advocacy and more.

Gain expertise in early care and education focus areas like social emotional learning, technology, math and more for all levels of practitioners.

Programs and resources help mental health clinicians deepen their early childhood knowledge and skills.

Our Policy and Leadership Department offers professionals across the nonprofit and corporate sectors dynamic learning experiences on anti-racism practices in language and data to inform communication and data analysis.

Transform Your Future with Leadership Programs Built For You

Advance your career with new skills and lead with confidence.

Lifelong learners know that continuing education experiences support their advancement at all stages of their career, both pre-and post-bachelors. Erikson’s programs are grounded in standards and deliver on the growing complexity of systems and environments.


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Whole Child Focus

Pursue studies grounded in understanding the complex nature of children and systems that support them.

Real-World Experience

Learn from our faculty and industry experienced practitioners, nationally recognized for their knowledge and expertise.

Evidence-Based Curriculum

Built from an established academic institution of over 55 years and supported from applied research initiatives and projects.

Flexible Options

Experience courses, micro-credentials, seminars and programs offered in-person, hybrid or virtual with professionals and practitioners like you.

Personalized Experience

Erikson Institute delivers a personalized professional development experience for all levels and educational backgrounds based on you or your team’s needs.

Anti-Racism Practice

Shift power, voice, and perspective to the lived experiences of communities of color.

Empowering Change through Early Childhood Applied Research

The first 1,800 days of a person’s life are formative — and set the stage for a child’s long-term physical and emotional health, socioeconomic trajectory, life expectancy, happiness and wellbeing.

At Erikson Institute, we’re leading the field in early childhood research and policies, uncovering opportunities for us to drive positive change for children, families, and communities.


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Giving Children and Families the Tools for Success

The Center for Children and Families (CCF) is dedicated to helping parents and caregivers better understand their child’s needs.

We want to see every child thrive and reach their full potential. We know that children thrive when they have strong, healthy relationships with their adult caregivers. Those key relationships give children firm grounding now, and in the future.

We work with parents and caregivers to give them the skills to ground and nurture their children’s mental health.

Find out more about CCF


We are an IL-EMPOWER Approved Learning Partner