Policy & Research
Improving children’s lives by conducting research to inform public policy.
At the heart of Erikson Institute is our mission: to educate, inspire and promote leadership that supports children and families in reaching their full potential.
By conducting critical research and influencing data-driven public policies, we’re creating lasting change to positively impact children.
We conduct critical child development applied research to inform policy and community action.
From classroom methodologies to home-based care networks, our work seeks to generate knowledge through rigorous research in a number of areas.
Meet our researchers, read our reports, and join us in discovering how we can change the world to better serve the needs of children and families.
Policy & Leadership
The more we know, the better we can serve children, families, and communities.
Through our Policy and Leadership initiatives, we work to improve children’s lives by supporting data-driven public policies in service of positive outcomes.
Find out how we engage and contribute expertise on early childhood policy to policy tables, maintaining a focus on workforce issues and building a diverse pipeline of educators.
Learn more about our fellowship programs, executive coaching, and training programs designed for community and field leaders who seek to influence childhood policy.
Foster collective thinking and contextualize data to create equitable solutions that result in thriving environments for young children and their families with our data justice programs.
Gain further insight into child development and critical factors with Illinois’ Risk and Reach Report, an analysis of county-by-county data and the reach of publicly-funded programs.
Re-examine Your Messaging
Take this 90-minute interactive workshop with your team to understand how data and the words we use can dehumanize and deflect from focusing on systemic flaws. Structural racism is baked in our systems, and this workshop offers ways to effectively use data and language to illuminate systemic barriers and reveal root causes.
The Latest Applied Research
Our team of researchers is at the forefront of early childhood development applied research.