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Early Childhood Research

Join us in uncovering and sharing knowledge in the service of children.

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Applied Research at Erikson Institute

Empowering Change through Early Childhood Applied Research

We seek knowledge in the service of children.

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. We’re uncovering opportunities for us to drive positive change for children, families, and communities.

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Featured Research Projects

Discover Groundbreaking Research Studies in Early Childhood Development

Explore these studies and publications from the researchers at Erikson Institute.

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Research Focus Areas

Uncovering Knowledge in Critical Early Childhood Research Areas

The research we conduct in these focus areas goes on to help craft evidence-driven policies for our communities.

  • Assessment
  • Early Childcare Workforce
  • Family Support
  • Home-Based Child Care
  • Infants and Toddlers
  • Schools and Teachers
  • Technology and Young Children

Research Faculty

Meet the Researchers Leading Change Through Discovery

As leaders in the field, the research community at Erikson is rich and collaborative. Our researchers seek to identify gaps in the knowledge base surrounding child development and guide action to positively impact children.

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Research Press

Hear Perspectives from Erikson’s Research Team

Our researchers provide critical data-driven context around national events related to children.

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Research Intrinsic to Erikson Institute’s Mission

Knowledge in the service of children.

At Erikson, we believe all children deserve equitable access to education and a community that supports their health and well-being. Our research drives our work in all areas of the institute.

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Driven by data uncovered through research, we work to improve children’s lives by supporting public policies in service of positive outcomes.

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Imbued with the latest research, our graduate and professional development programs ensure the latest knowledge reaches the adults who work with children and families.

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Guided by research and expertise, our community service programs serve children, families, communities, and organizations.

Research Opportunities

Get Involved in Research at Erikson Institute

Together, we make a real-world impact.

Positive impacts for children and families can’t end with us. Join us in finding gaps in child development knowledge and conducting the critical research needed to drive change.