a monthly comm(unity) newsletter
October 1 marks the beginning of Banned Books Week. This annual observation, which began 40 years ago, is a week dedicated to celebrating the freedom to read and spotlighting current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. Erikson Institute is committed to raising awareness about the detrimental impact that banning books has on the social and emotional wellbeing of young children and the development of literacy and critical thinking in the context of socio-political texts. Keep an eye out for our month-long campaign amplifying this message and celebrating banned books through email trivia, social media and blog posts. To start things off, we invite you to read our latest blog written by Edward Neisser Library Director, Karen Janke, titled “Banned Books Week: What is it and How Did We Get Here?”
Erikson’s Facilitating Attuned Interactions (FAN) team has recently collaborated with Zero to Three’s HealthySteps program to lead a full day FAN symposium at the 2023 Zero to Three Learn Conference. The conference was held last month in Palm Springs, California and the symposium was attended by over 100 HealthySteps specialists from across the country. HealthySteps Specialists are child development and infant mental health specialists who work side by-side with pediatricians. Thanks to this partnership, HealthySteps specialists will be incorporating the FAN model as a tool to implement early relational healthcare in pediatric settings. Learn more about HealthySteps here. Pictured above (center) is Erikson’s Dr. Linda Gilkerson and symposium attendees.
Erikson’s Annual Luncheon will be held on October 27 featuring voting rights activist and best-selling author Stacey Abrams. We would be honored to have you with us for this special event. Tickets and sponsorships are now available. Learn more here
Erikson’s Policy and Leadership team introduces Beyond the Numbers, a two-hour, interactive workshop focused on the power of the data narrative and community engagement by examining data justice principles. This virtual workshop fosters critical thinking to interpret data and develop data narratives that center communities. Participants can expect to gain an enhanced understanding of data equity, improved data-driven decision-making processes and new ideas for using data to tell stories, and tools to share impact and communicate data effectively. Learn more and register here
Atena Danner, Associate Director of Learning and Facilitation for Erikson’s Policy and Leadership Team, was recently featured on WTTW/Chicago PBS’ Black Voices for a segment discussing the funding crisis currently affecting thousands of families and many childcare providers across the state of Illinois. Learn more and watch the video recording here
Erikson’s Research Professor, Juliet Bromer, was featured in a Chalkbeat Chicago article on Illinois Action for Children’s new report about the lack of availability of convenient and affordable childcare options in Cook County. Read the article here
Erikson Institute and Barbara Taylor Bowman were recently featured in a NAEYC’s YOUNG CHILDREN article titled “Family/Community Contexts and the Problem of Half-Truths in Early Childhood Education.” If you are a NAEYC member, you can access the article here
We’re hiring for a variety of roles that support our mission. Please check out new opportunities here and share widely with your networks.
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.
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.
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
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
Join the Erikson family with monthly news + events updates shared by academics, community members, and families.