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Inside Erikson | January 2024

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January 2024 - Welcome to the January edition of the Inside Erikson newsletter!

January 15 is the 95th birthday of civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who dedicated his life to promoting and ensuring inclusion, equity and justice for all. Although Erikson Institute is closed in observance, we encourage everyone to use that day as a “day on” rather than a “day off.” You can find more information, volunteer opportunities and additional resources here. As we welcome faculty and students back to campus this month, we use Dr. King’s life and legacy as a guiding light and reminder of the work that remains to create an equitable and just future for young children.

Erikson Updates

Erikson’s President writes blog for Foundation for Child Development

portrait of Mariana Souto-Manning

Dr. Mariana Souto-Manning recently published a blog titled “Justice for Young Children: (Re)Considering the Role of the Research Community” for the Foundation for Child Development. You can read the full blog here

Inside the Barbara Bowman Leadership Fellows Program at Erikson Institute

Barbara Bowman Leadership Fellowship 2023 cohort

We are excited to bring you exclusive insights into the impactful work of the Barbara Bowman Leadership Fellows Program (BBLF), a dynamic learning experience at Erikson Institute.

This elite cohort convenes monthly, delving into the intricacies of early childhood development and policy formulation. As part of our commitment to transparency and shared learning, we’re thrilled to provide you with behind-the-scenes access to their sessions. Join us as we unveil exclusive footage from their inaugural meeting, showcasing the passion and dedication driving their efforts.

You can view highlights from both the first and second sessions on our Instagram account.

Stay tuned for more updates on the transformative journey of the Barbara Bowman Leadership Fellows, as they continue to shape the landscape of early childhood policy in Illinois.

Careers at Erikson

We’re hiring for a variety of roles that support our mission. Please check out new opportunities here and share widely with your networks.

About Erikson

Graduate Education

Recognized for our groundbreaking work in the field of early childhood, Erikson specializes in preparing child development, education, and social work leaders to improve the lives of young children, families, and their communities. For more information on our degree and certificate programs, visit our website or email our admissions team.

Clinical and Community Services

Erikson’s Center for Children and Families offers pediatric mental health services for children birth to age 8 and their families. Services can be provided in both English and Spanish, and are available to families regardless of their ability to pay.

Policy and Leadership

Erikson’s Policy and Leadership department engages leaders in government, business, and nonprofit sectors to inform effective policies that benefit children and families. They offer unique programming that equips decision-makers and influencers with the resources, skills, and deep knowledge about early childhood development that will support their efforts to make lasting change. Learn more about our Policy and Leadership

Give to Erikson

The first 1,800 days of life set the stage for a child’s long-term physical and emotional health, socioeconomic trajectory, life expectancy, happiness, and well-being. Can we count on you to make a gift to strengthen our ability to serve children and families, as well as our students, faculty, and staff, during this time? Your support for Erikson prepares the heroes in young children’s lives—teachers, social workers, civic leaders, parents and caregivers—to get them safely through this crisis so they can soar into promising futures. Please donate here

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