Erikson Institute a graduate school in child development, is seeking comments from the public about the Institute in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The Institute will host a visit February 11-12, 2019, with a team
For the first time in Erikson’s history, a two-year, advanced standing option is now available for students seeking a master’s degree in social work. Open to those who have already earned their bachelor of social work (BSW), students save time
The Institute for Education Sciences (IES) recently awarded Erikson’s Early Math Collaborative a four-year, $1.4 million dollar federal grant to develop and validate a new research tool called Evaluating Quality Interactions in Preschool Math (EQUIP-M). At this time, there is
by Geoffrey A. Nagle, Ph.D., President and CEO, Erikson Institute As Chicago, and the nation, awaits a verdict in the highly-publicized trial of police officer Jason Van Dyke for the tragic shooting death of Laquan McDonald, Erikson Institute is focused
“How much better off society would be if every child had quality child care and could reach their full potential,” is a statement you might not expect to hear from a business and civic leader with degrees from Harvard and
Erikson Institute is proud to introduce the 2018 class for the Barbara Bowman Leadership Fellows (BBLF) program, now in its third year. Sixteen professionals working in the early childhood sector, providing direct service and advocacy were selected to take part
An energized group of more than 100 educators from across the country — including more than 40 Chicago Public School teachers — gathered at Erikson Institute to participate in the first Big Ideas In Early Learning summer institute held July
To the Erikson community, With 76 percent of Illinois kindergartners deemed “not ready” when starting school, we are clearly failing children in our state. Other states, albeit with different metrics and readiness definitions, have generally found that approximately half of
When the Illinois State Board of Education released Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) data on August 13 showing 76 percent of Illinois kindergartners are not ready to start school, one expert was a consistent presence in media discussions on the
Erikson Institute is known for groundbreaking work in the field of early childhood, including applied research studies that respond directly to the needs of young children and the people who serve them. The most recent example of Erikson’s research impact
When U.S. Senator Dick Durbin met with several community leaders in East St. Louis in late June to learn about community efforts to address the daily stressors such as poverty and violence that can cause trauma and compromise a young
Cross-sector Group of Illinois Leaders Selected for 2018 Class of McCormick Foundation Executive Fellows
Composed of judges, state representatives, top educators, and other civic leaders, the 2018 class of McCormick Foundation Executive Fellows (MFEF) will begin a two-month executive education series at Erikson Institute on August 8. A project of Erikson’s Early Childhood Leadership
Hannah Bowen was in Ashley Curry’s class when she got the call. She didn’t answer right away, but Dr. Curry probably would have forgiven Bowen if she had. Bowen, MSW ’18, was about to learn she had been accepted for
Thanks to three years of productive work with Head Start programs throughout Chicago, the Early Math Collaborative’s program to provide quality early math experiences to children—called Collaborative Math—is expanding its reach in the city under a new partnership with the
Amanda Moreno, PhD, associate professor, recently discussed Erikson Institute’s first-of-its-kind study of the use of mindfulness techniques and young children in Chicago classrooms recently with Chicago magazine. The study seeks to determine if children do better academically if they have
Nearly 100,000 children in Chicago live in neighborhoods that have homicide rates above the city’s median, a problem that can have traumatic effects on children beginning at birth. Erikson Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Geoffrey A. Nagle, PhD, calls
With master’s degrees in social work, child development, and early childhood education — and one doctorate in child development — 75 new Erikson Institute graduates are now prepared to lead in their chosen fields. Erikson’s 2018 commencement ceremony ceremony, held at
The New America Foundation has included Erikson Institute’s TEC Mentors program in a new education policy report that focuses on professional development programs across the country that are responding to growing needs in preschool and kindergarten. The TEC Mentors program,
The Technology in Early Childhood (TEC) Center at Erikson Institute was awarded a $100,000 Institute of Museum and Library Services grant on April 18. The TEC Center—in partnership with the Association for Library Service to Children, the Association of Children’s
In keeping with Erikson Institute’s strategic goal to influence leadership and policy, the 2017 class of Barbara Bowman Leadership Fellows graduated on April 6, equipped with a new arsenal of tools to help them positively influence policy for children, families,
“The classes at Erikson never felt like instructor-led lectures, but more like a gathering of professionals engaging in deeply reflective dialogue. I have a great respect for the faculty at Erikson, as professionals and as people. Many of them served
For the third year in a row, members of the Erikson Institute community gathered to learn about one another’s work during our annual research poster symposium. Organized by Erikson’s Herr Research Center and Doctoral Student Association, the symposium is an
When T. Berry Brazelton, MD, passed away on March 13 at age 99, the field of early childhood lost a trailblazing figure whose influence is evident in the work of many professionals today, including the faculty and staff of Erikson
In response to a changing early education field and the needs of young children today, Erikson Institute is launching a new online master’s degree program that offers concentrations in five high-interest areas of education as well as a flexible schedule
“There isn’t any other graduate social work program like this. Erikson takes working with families very seriously. They don’t just let anyone out in the field. They want you to be as prepared as possible. You’re impacting people’s lives, and
Throughout her 30-year career, Jie-Qi has had one primary focus: improving the quality of early childhood education. Whether working directly with children as a classroom teacher, conducting applied child development research, or improving teacher education and practice through her leadership
“Erikson was a rigorous but worthwhile experience. The focus on content, experience, and self-reflection was unlike any other program I explored. Along with high expectations for students, there was a high level of support and encouragement from faculty and staff.”
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For years, pediatrician Dr. Nadine Burke Harris treated children’s chronic conditions the way she was taught in medical school: Prescribing medication to ease symptoms. But it was a conversation with a 10-year-old patient’s mother that got her thinking differently. “The
“Erikson’s well-rounded curriculum provided many reflective discussions on how education has evolved in our own classrooms and the expectations of both parents and school districts.” [caption id="attachment_15521" align="alignright" width="210"] Lisa Moulton DEGREE MS in Early Childhood Education (online) OCCUPATION Lead
Since its inception in 2012, the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy has profoundly shaped the lives of millions of families in the United States, providing an avenue for certain undocumented immigrants to achieve the American dream. However,
The experiences children have in their first three years play a major role throughout their lives, and providing positive experiences in the early years can lead to higher academic achievement, better health, and greater overall well-being later in life. Speaking
In a recent analysis of child care availability in some of Chicago’s west suburbs, the Aurora Beacon News found that while some communities have more available slots than children, others have more children than slots. However, numbers alone don’t tell
Featuring alumni, staff, honorees, and an award-winning authors, our 2017 Annual Luncheon recognized supporters of Erikson and how they have helped deepen our impact.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois recently helped Erikson Institute welcome back our Early Childhood Leadership Academy’s (ECLA) inaugural class of McCormick Foundation Executive Fellows for their second session of training on our campus.
Test’s A new academic year gets underway with more than 100 future child development, social work, and early education leaders joining our student body.
To the Erikson community, Our mission at Erikson is to ensure all children have equitable opportunities to meet their potential. The termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an executive order to protect individuals (also referred to as DREAMERS)
Two new concentrations within Erikson Institute’s Master of Social Work program will provide opportunities for future social work leaders to gain a greater understanding of how the law, legal systems, and policy impact children and families, and to learn how
Led by Dr. Syc since 2002, Child Life specialty prepares students to work with children in times of great need
As a mental health consultant for a Head Start program and as a social worker with his own practice, Joshua Abrahams, M.S. ’11 (Erikson), M.S.W. ’12 (Loyola), works with a diverse range of children, adults, and families from across Chicago.
Erikson Institute’s Nucha Isarowong, PhD, discusses the importance of fathers in a child’s development.
Led by Erikson researcher Juliet Bromer, PhD, the study is the first to examine family child care networks on a national scale.
Since power dynamics along racial and class lines impact support for child development, clinical psychologist Cynthia García Coll, PhD, stressed the need to recognize common ‘human’ characteristics among families while acknowledging cultural differences.
Erikson Institute is proud to introduce the fifteen professionals, working in the early childhood sector, who make up the 2017 class for the Barbara Bowman Leadership Fellows Program.
As our 50th Anniversary year ends, the Erikson community pays tribute to those who have made us a pioneer in the early childhood field and considers how our influence will grow in years to come.
At our commencement ceremony, speakers encouraged graduates to rise to the challenges presented in ‘times of uncertainty.’
Cheryl Mendelson has more than 25 years of experience in fundraising and management across higher education, academic medicine, and the arts.
Quality child care can be a win-win for families and providers, says Erikson President and Chief Executive Officer Geoffrey A. Nagle, PhD, in a letter to the editor in the New York Times.
During a President’s Council discussion, the ’60 Minutes’ correspondent shared her experiences being a grandmother and talked about her latest book on grandparenting.
Erikson Institute’s new clinic will bring much-needed mental health services for young children to the heart of Chicago’s Latino community.
$5 million will elevate the early childhood workforce nationwide through scholarships.
Erikson faculty, staff, and students highlight the ways their projects are making a difference for young children and families.
Student issues are down and test scores are up, Dr. Moreno says about Erikson Institute’s groundbreaking research on mindfulness and young children in Chicago classrooms.
The message is all about children and how there are tremendous needs that Erikson is addressing: A conversation with the artist behind our display.
The project in Chicago Public Schools classrooms is reaching more than 2,000 children over four years.
Bowman, who co-founded the institute in 1966, was featured on the segment Chicago’s Very Own.
Erikson-hosted events throughout the year offer opportunities to share experiences.
During an Erikson Institute President’s Council event, the two leaders met to examine how education, poverty, and violence are connected in Chicago and beyond.
A partnership with the Archdiocese of Chicago is empowering educators to integrate technology into preschool through third-grade classrooms.
A partnership with the Archdiocese of Chicago is empowering educators to integrate technology into preschool through third-grade classrooms.
Amanda Moreno, Ph.D., shares her perspectives about Erikson’s research on mindfulness interventions in Chicago Public Schools classrooms in a Huffington Post article.
New programming through the Early Childhood Leadership Academy will help leaders make informed decisions that impact children and families.
Stovall, a University of Illinois at Chicago professor, addresses packed room at Erikson to discuss the nature of social justice-centered work.
In a Chicago Tribune piece, Erikson Institute’s president and CEO joins Chicago-area executives in offering ideas for helping the local economy.
Parents should consider many factors, balancing the importance of knowledge with safety, when deciding whether to buy their child a cell phone, writes Tamara Kaldor.
A multidisciplinary group of national leaders in early childhood offers guidance for the development and improvement of effective STEM policies and practices.
In Chicago, interagency initiatives are needed to close a widening reading achievement gap between students with and without disabilities.
Partnership with Teach for America will prepare new teachers with deep knowledge about child development
Through a new alternative teaching licensure program, Erikson will support TFA Corps members who will work in high-need, Chicago-area schools.
Erikson’s Early Math Collaborative expands an innovative math program for educators of infants and toddlers
For the past two years, Erikson Institute’s Early Math Collaborative has been working with early childhood educators as part of an innovative program to help foster important mathematical thinking and problem-solving skills in infants and toddlers. Now, the program is
For three days in New Orleans, early childhood professionals and thought leaders shared research, knowledge, and experiences as part of Zero to Three’s Annual Conference, and numerous Erikson Institute faculty, staff, students, and alumni attended to present their own work,
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Two Illinois communities selected for new Erikson pilot program to assess child development before kindergarten
Kankakee County and East St. Louis are located 250 miles apart in different regions of Illinois, but they share a common interest and recent track record in making strategic investments to foster a strong foundation for wholistic support of young
Erikson’s Andria Goss, M.S. ’02, one of 15 early childhood leaders nationwide chosen for Zero to Three fellowship
Andria Goss, M.S. ’02 director of Erikson Institute’s Early Childhood Project with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), has been selected for a prestigious fellowship with Zero to Three. Goss is one of 15 fellows chosen from across
As communities in Chicago grapple with issues like violence and poverty, Erikson Institute’s Mindfulness in the Schools project is looking at how young children can develop coping skills. These techniques enable them to deal with events that cause toxic stress and allow
President and CEO Geoffrey A. Nagle, PhD, along with board members and our director of policy, accept a resolution from Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago City Council that recognizes our 50 years of impact in the lives of young children and families.
[caption id="attachment_1405" align="alignright" width="300"] From left: Illinois Sen. Karen McConnaughay (R-33rd) and Illinois Rep. William Davis (D-30th)[/caption] As part of a daylong session on advocating and lobbying for early childhood policies, Erikson Institute’s Barbara Bowman Leadership Fellows gathered for a
Statement from Erikson Institute on new recommendations for technology and young children issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics
As digital devices become commonplace in our homes, schools, and early childhood settings, positive and actionable guidelines for adults are necessary to address the use of technology by today’s young children and families. While we support many of the recommendations
He reminds parents that using devices may prevent them from teaching their children, even just by talking.
Better policies, professional development needed to support families of color involved with child welfare system
A lack of synergy between child welfare and other early childhood systems, combined with numerous federal and state policies that impact communities of color, is having disastrous effects on many children and families, particularly African-Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans, throughout
Three members of the Erikson Institute community took to the stage and shared uniquely personal stories that connected their own experience and professional passion during a live storytelling event produced in partnership with the Peabody Award winning storytelling organization, The
Throughout his life, Dick Kiphart touched many lives in Chicago and around the world through his personality, work, and philanthropy. Kiphart, who died September 10 at age 75 after a long illness, also had a tremendous impact on Erikson Institute,
The pioneering spirit that created Erikson Institute in 1966 was celebrated at an event that ushered in Erikson’s milestone 50th year. More than 150 guests, including alumni, faculty, staff, students, board members, and longtime friends, gathered at Erikson to hear
Erikson’s Center for Children and Families offers tips for parents and children.
Through a partnership with Loyola University Chicago’s Civitas ChildLaw Center, Erikson will help prepare leaders who can advocate for children and families impacted by various public policies and the legal system.
Data from instrument that measures development of young children will empower communities to advocate for policies that benefit early childhood.
Book edited by Erikson’s Chip Donohue, Ph.D., provides new opportunities to empower parents and engage families with digital tools
NBC 5 Chicago reports on summer camps that teach children coding.
Gillian McNamee, Ph.D., director of teacher education, calls for well-prepared teachers of young children in an opinion piece in The Hechinger Report.
Integrating technology with child life helps Erikson alumni connect with children in a hospital setting
At Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, the child life team uses tablets and other digital devices to help children understand and cope with medical issues.
More than 100 participants delve deeply into practical ways teachers can improve early math instruction.
Tamara Kaldor, M.S., assistant director of Erikson’s Technology in Early Childhood Center, shares tips with parents about the new digital craze.
Our experts in the Technology in Early Childhood Center share advice for parents looking to understand the latest digital craze — and how their children are taking part in it.
Retiring professor Robert Halpern, Ph.D., reflects on his research on young children and adolescents
In his 28 years at Erikson Institute, Dr. Halpern studied the role schools and services for families play in children’s learning and development.
Alumni from the Classes of 1968 through 2016 came together at the home of Barbara Bowman to reflect on their experiences and celebrate Erikson’s ongoing legacy.
Chip Donohue, Ph.D., speaks with the Council for Professional Recognition about technology in early childhood.
In a recent keynote discussion, Barbara Bowman talked about the long-term impact of the Perry Preschool Study and the lessons early childhood professionals continue to learn from it.
Family child care providers were included as panelists and moderators.
Assistant Professor Amanda Moreno, Ph.D., tells Cleveland.com that certain important skills are best learned in preschool.
On June 10, the first Barbara Bowman Leadership Fellows will begin an eight-month program that fosters a deeper understanding of issues that impact children and families and helps them use that knowledge to impact public policy.
Erikson’s president and chief executive officer is given the 2016 World Association for Infant Mental Health Sonya Bemporad Award.
A special brunch for graduates of Erikson’s online M.S. in Early Childhood Education program is a tradition that brings together students separated by thousands of miles.
Principal Investigator Amanda Moreno, Ph.D., says her study on mindfulness could show improved academic outcomes in young children.
In a story about trauma and young children’s brains, Assistant Professor Amanda Moreno, Ph.D. shares the promise of mindfulness.
The Class of 2016 includes 64 graduates, including the first from Erikson’s unique, developmentally-informed Master of Social Work Program.
A recent Erikson President’s Council event brought James P. Comer, M.D., M.P.H., of the Yale School of Medicine and journalist Alex Kotlowitz together for a conversation on race, early childhood, and school reform.
During a recent keynote address to professionals in the field, Aisha Ray, M.Ed. ’72, spoke about the need to recruit and retain educators from an array of cultural backgrounds.
Assistant Clinical Professor Pamela Epley tells the Daily Southtown that despite circumstances, all moms can give kids what they need.
Chip Donohue, Ph.D., Erikson’s director of the Technology in Early Childhood Center, shares tips on starting healthy media habits early.
New Erikson STEM programs were featured in Chicago Inno and edscoop.
Erikson leaders visit The White House to share knowledge and experience about teaching science, technology, engineering, and math in early childhood.
New math and technology programs will reach thousands of young children in Chicago classrooms, libraries and museums.
Erikson leaders will take part in conversations about advancing STEM learning in early childhood.
He is recognized for his significant contributions to the well-being of infants, toddlers, and families.
Shira Miller wanted to work with families and children in healthcare. After graduating from Erikson, she landed a job as a child life specialist in one of Chicago’s major hospitals.
Erikson was just the right place for alumna Sandy Carrillo to hone her skills, leading her to a job working with young English language learners.
Chip Donohue, Ph.D., director of Erikson’s TEC Center, talks about a new trend of teaching coding in early childhood programs.
At Erikson, alumna Anita Harvy-Dixon strengthened her knowledge of child development theory and her confidence as a leader.
With an M.S. in Child Development from Erikson, Colette Gatling strives to help children and families experience ‘everyday successes.’
A visit to China by Erikson leaders and alumni was widely covered by Chinese press.
Leon Denton’s Erikson training led him to a job he loves — overseeing the development of programs that serve Chicago children and families.
Earning her Ph.D. at Erikson, Sue Stolzer learned a different approach to child development that helps her in her career.
Professor Gillian McNamee, Ph.D. tells Cleveland.com and the Plain Dealer how parents should choose preschool.
Chip Donohue, director of Erikson Institute’s TEC Center, tells The Guardian that hi-tech toys shouldn’t replace parent-child interactions.
Lisa Ginet of Erikson’s Early Math Collaborative recommends to WBEZ listeners books that expose children to math concepts.
Erikson alumna Janvier Jones is training the next generation of early childhood professionals.
Apply for one of our on-campus graduate degree programs by April 15 for the Fall 2016 semester.
Erikson is in its second year of a five-year partnership that is teaching Chinese education professionals about practices and theories in U.S. early childhood education.
Working at the intersection of children and technology, Erikson alumnus Brian Puerling is making an impact close to home and far away.
With graduation approaching, more than 50 students attended the event at Erikson to meet with potential employers.
The bill has been approved by a U.S. Senate committee and speaks to the need for comprehensive mental health reform for all, beginning from birth.
Erikson Institute’s director of policy tells Catalyst Chicago the city’s previous changes to the system created barriers for families.
In Education Week, Erikson’s president and CEO explains how, when integrated in the classroom, play helps children develop important skills.
To foster children’s academic achievement, teachers can create a learning environment that integrates new technology as well as traditional activities.
The inaugural event offered members of the Erikson community a chance to learn about studies conducted by their colleagues and peers.
Ongoing training and support are needed to help educators integrate technology and early learning with confidence.
Nagle testifies in support of innovative tax credit model to stabilize child care funding, drive quality
Read his comments to legislators in Nebraska, where the tax credit model has been proposed.
A discussion at Erikson Institute brings together early childhood professionals and activists to explore how social issues impact children and families.
Dr. Korfmacher, a researcher and associate professor, brings nearly two decades of Erikson experience to the role of leading our program in applied child development research.
Erikson drives the development of a new digital site with an array of professional development resources for home-based child care professionals.
The basketball great’s gift will advance our efforts on behalf of young children and their families.
A forum hosted at Erikson Institute highlighted new insights, research, and practice.
Launched in May of 2015, a unique five-year partnership offers more than 1,000 early childhood education professionals in China opportunity to join with Erikson to learn about early childhood teacher training practices and theory in the United States.
More than 540 friends of Erikson Institute came together at our second annual Children at the Forefront luncheon to celebrate the impact we are making to improve the lives of young children and their families through education, research, service, and advocacy.
“Our faculty and staff are Erikson’s treasure,” Chen says. “I want to build on their strengths and provide as much support as I can.”
The AOA and Erikson announce a partnership to help kids reach their greatest potential.
The nominees are people and companies from a variety of categories who are heating up their industries.
The organization’s weekly newsletter mentioned the Early Math Collaborative’s $3 million grant.
At Erikson’s President’s Council, two experts discussed how parents can use technology responsibly with their children.
In Tulsa World, Chip Donohue compares using technology to junk food: too much is bad; moderation is all right.
On the Capitol Fax blog, Erikson’s president called for lawmakers to stop waging political battles on the backs of the state’s youngest children.
Early intervention programs impact children early, the most opportune time to influence a child’s resiliency.
The four-year grant will allow the Collaborative to establish Head Start centers of excellence in mathematics throughout Chicago.
Margret Nickels offers tips for parents to help their children make the transition to school.
Investing in children and families to help each child develop to his or her full potential begins early and has a long-term impact.
She tells the Chicago Sun-Times that suspending young children from school sends a terrible message.
Child life student Lynn Spiro uses her Erikson education to work as a bridge between families and doctors.
Erikson’s digital photo archive makes the Institute’s history available around the world.
President Geoffrey Nagle noted the critical importance of reaching Hispanic children through quality early learning programs.
The Early Math Collaborative is partnering with Ounce of Prevention on an initiative to help the youngest children develop mathematical understanding.
What young children watch is more important than how much, he tells the Huffington Post.
The partnership launched in May with the first weeklong visit to Chicago by a group of Chinese educators.
For nearly 20 years, the Joseph and Bessie Feinberg Foundation has generously provided annual unrestricted support to Erikson.
Read about the professional and personal accomplishments of Erikson’s alumni.
More than 50 alumni returned to Erikson for open houses in January and March.
When teachers connect their lessons to each student’s unique interests and abilities, mathematical understanding can blossom.
Professor Meléndez offers tips to help families who speak more than one language raise bilingual and bi-literate children.
Steve Gradman, Elenne Song, and Jenni Sorenson join the Board of Trustees.
Brian Puerling, M.S. ’11, is an author and international consultant and presenter on children and technology.
The FAN tool is being adapted to more settings serving children, ranging from early childhood mental health consultation systems to pediatrician training.
One of the most successful models for school reform — and one in which Erikson plays a critical role — is getting a boost from an innovative form of private investment.
“This agency pioneered a unique way of helping the youngest children, and we couldn’t have done it without Erikson,” says DCFS acting director George H. Sheldon.
By the fall, Erikson will have a new strategic plan addressing the most pressing issues facing families with young children, writes President Nagle.
STEM efforts often focus on higher grades, but Jeanine Brownell says research shows they should start early.
He tells Education Week that child care works need help to understand and interpret children’s stressful behaviors differently.
Story acting can help Head Start deliver on the promise of helping all children to become articulate and literate learners.
An Education Week article notes that Common Core standards call for students to “read to learn” as early as kindergarten.
Sixty-five graduates received their master’s degrees and three received doctoral degrees at Erikson’s 48th commencement.
Mattie McLaughlin is learning about child development — and how to be an effective teacher — in Erikson’s intimate classes.
“We are thrilled to be invited to bring our expertise and experience to China,” says President Nagle.
“We must ensure that children have positive experiences in the first five years — 1,826 days,” says President Nagle.
“We’ve got to do our homework first,” TEC Center director Chip Donohue says in a KBIA Mid-Missouri Public Radio story.
“It’s not just the word gap; it’s what you use language for,” Bowman tells Education Week.
“Together, we will provide guidance on what matters most for young children, parents, families, and educators in the digital age,” says Erikson’s Chip Donohue.
Linda Ponce de León is an accomplished early childhood educator with more than 20 years of experience.
After six years of leadership and service to the Erikson community, Ray is rejoining the faculty.
Faculty, staff, and doctoral students will present at the organization’s annual meeting in April.
She tells the Pioneer Press that all-day kindergarten programs should incorporate opportunities for recess and the arts.
At the event, National Public Radio’s Anya Kamenetz and Erikson professor Jane Fleming discussed the role of standardized testing in the U.S.
An Erikson video series was recently recognized as among the best in the nation by the Collegiate Advertising Awards program.
President Nagle responds to the Illinois governor’s State of the State address, which calls for more funding for early childhood and education.
With technology, learning can happen with anyone, anywhere, at any time, Donohue says.
Erikson will fully re-open on Tuesday, February 3 with a regular schedule.
Preliminary results are promising in a project expanding Child-Parent Centers to suburban, rural, and urban schools.
Erikson president Geoff Nagle applauds Obama’s comprehensive proposal for improving child care and education.
The medical director for Erikson’s Fussy Baby Network says being held offers babies the organization they crave but can’t provide themselves.
Many child care workers, preschool teachers, and principals think wrongly that young children aren’t affected by seeing violence in their homes.
TEC Center director Chip Donohue talks with the Chicago Tribune about the opportunities for learning in new technologies.
Bowman tells Education Week that later grades must provide quality education for students to benefit.
Most teachers receive little training in this area, so we do a lot on the in-service side, she tells Education Week.
Kevin O’Brien found something unique at Erikson: a master’s program that goes beyond just early childhood education.
Social worker Robin Rios gained a thorough and profound understanding of children at Erikson.
Faculty and alumni present at a conference that brings together leaders in the field of early care and education.
“Few have done so much to merge academia with practice,” says the award announcement.
Topics include achieving equity for children, and the latest developments in home visiting.
The fall edition of Erikson on Children, our newsletter for alumni, donors, and friends, is now available online.
A study published in JAMA finds children from low-income neighborhoods who participated in full-day preschool had stronger math and reading skills.
Alumni in Chicago and New York gathered to enjoy pizza and reminisce about their time at Erikson.
“After nearly a year at Erikson, I can confidently say that there is no other place quite like it, both in scope and impact,” writes President Nagle.
Erikson is leading the charge to close the gap for African American children and improve educational outcomes.
The New Schools Project is building strong networks of teachers — from novice to master — in the Chicago Public Schools.
More than 500 people joined Erikson to place children and families first at our October luncheon.
Alumna Lauren Rust, M.S. ’11, took a path less traveled and uses her degree to help create safe toys.
Children’s ability to succeed in school is determined much more by “process” factors, says professor Amanda Moreno.
A teacher participating in Early Math Collaborative’s professional development uses Dog’s big day to teach her class important concepts about counting.
Read about the professional and personal accomplishments of Erikson’s alumni.
“Every gift, no matter the size, makes a huge difference,” writes Collins.
The global day of giving inspires people around the world to come together to celebrate generosity and to give.
Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase price to Erikson at no cost to you.
“We are very grateful for the incredible generosity shown by our guests and sponsors,” says luncheon co-chair Sabrina Gracias.
Two Erikson faculty and staff are featured in videos from the 2014 NAEYC annual conference.
The report highlights the Collaborative as a hub of professional development for early math projects in Illinois.
Reflect on the answer after watching this video narrated by Erikson professor Barbara Bowman.
The theme for offerings in spring and summer of 2015 is “Trauma in Early Childhood.”
Splash served as exclusive media partner for the event, which raised more than $800,000.
She tells the Hechinger Report that too much visual stimulation can wear students down.
“The briskly paced luncheon packed a video, an award, and a Harvard lecture into 105 minutes,” Lisa Bertagnoli notes.
Presentations include topics ranging from fair compensation for early childhood professionals to urban children’s literature.
The event raised more than $800,000 in support of Erikson initiatives in Chicago and around the country.
As part of Erikson’s reaccreditation process, submit your comments on the quality of Erikson or its academic programs.
After years of preparation, Erikson welcomed students to the first cohort of its new M.S.W. program.
The new site is a resource for using technology and interactive media with young children.
“I hope this book will move the needle on the field’s thinking about using technology with young children,” says editor Chip Donohue.
Professors Tonya Bibbs and Ashley Curry teach students in Erikson’s new master of social work program.
Show your child that reading is important to you, and she’ll want to imitate you, Moreno tells Parents.
Moran tells the Chicago Tribune that it’s common to worry about loving a second child as much as the first.
Maxwell will become the director of program development at the Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska.
“You can’t teach little kids a vocabulary list and have it be very helpful,” Bowman tells the Chicago Bureau.
A trustee for 18 years, Collins most recently served as vice chair of the board and has a long history with Erikson.
Over the two-year programs, the students deepened their ability to work with young children and their families.
After teaching for a year, Lucy Divis realized that she needed to know much more about children and families.
This honor demonstrates that practitioners and policy makers do pay attention to research, Halpern says.
In the Capital Times, he notes that children in dangerous neighborhoods are most at risk of being too sedentary.
In the Harvard Education Letter, members of the Early Math Collaborative welcome new standards but warn of implementing them prematurely.
With two years of data, Early Math schools have substantially higher percentages of students who meet or exceed grade-level expectations in math.
A new paper launches a conversation on the need to develop national competencies for providers who work with young children.
Bowman accepted the award at the foundation’s Back 2 School luncheon, which helps provide school supplies for low-income children.
Professor Barbara Bowman received the a 2014 Education Award from the Illinois Currency Exchange Foundation.
Technology in the classroom is not an either/or question, says Donohue in an interview with WESA, Pittsburgh’s NPR news station.
On WYCC PBS Chicago, Hynes-Berry discusses whether preschool should be mandatory.
“All of us at Erikson are tremendously proud of your achievements,” said President Nagle in his first commencement address.
“I look forward to meeting many more of you and working together with you in the coming years,” writes President Nagle.
A revelation in a Guatemalan orphanage led Geoffrey A. Nagle to the early childhood field and Erikson.
Looking for an international thought leader on technology in the classroom? Start with Erikson’s TEC Center.
For ten years, the Network has offered help for parents whose infants who are struggling with feeding, sleeping, or crying.
Erikson co-founder Lorraine Wallach is remembered as a teacher, mentor, colleague, and friend.
Toby Herr, M.Ed. ’82, followed the data to create an international model for social services.
Over five years, the Center’s interdisciplinary team of specialists has seen more than 1,700 families.
Names and some creative activities can build mathematical thinking, as well as a sense of community in the classroom.
Sandra Perez Sterling and Diane Goldstick Meagher recently became Erikson trustees.
Seven-year-old Henry Mongerson made a special request: please make a donation to Erikson Institute instead of birthday gifts.
Read about the professional and personal accomplishments of Erikson’s alumni.
Beginning at age two, preschools can offer things parents cannot, Moreno tells The Stir.
She tells TODAY Health that television can prevent children from developing coping strategies.
The committee will consider how to prepare a workforce that seamlessly supports children birth to eight.
Jerry Weast and Chris Koch lead candid discussions on the challenges facing school districts and ways to achieve reform.
They are in the inaugural cohort of an initiative designed to advance policy, systems, and diversity in Illinois’s early childhood field.
Lockridge managed the construction of Erikson’s campus and professionalized the Institute’s recruitment efforts.
President Nagle was a featured speaker at an Education Writers Association seminar exploring how early childhood education proponents are getting creative to boost funding.
Learn from experts in the field as they provide the tools and tips professionals need.
In the second phase of a partnership, the Collaborative will work with teachers and administrators from 12 elementary schools.
The American Educational Research Associations’s annual meeting takes place in Philadelphia from April 4-7.
An Atlantic article highlights research on how career-based learning can serve certain students.
At Erikson, Justin Nuckles found the keys to improving his work with children and families.
One of Erikson’s co-founders, Wallach is remembered as a supportive teacher, devoted mentor, pragmatic colleague, and great friend.
In a post for the Fred Rogers Center blog, Mary Hynes-Berry talks about choosing apps wisely.
Erikson’s new president describes what drew him to early childhood and his early goals as president.
The nomination highlights Erikson’s work to improve the practice of early mathematics education.
Student Ross Theriot feels called to a profession helping sick children, but it was a personal telephone call that made him realize that Erikson was the place for him.
Alyson Gamache turned to Erikson to help strengthen the skills she needs to support infants and families in need.
Student Meg Fitzgerald is moving from teacher to administrator. At Erikson, she found the people and program she needs to succeed.
At Erikson, career-changer Dawn Craan gained a deep understanding of how young children develop on both the theoretical and practical levels.
Erikson’s campus will reopen on Wednesday, January 29 with a regular schedule.
Head Start gains can be maintained by further supports once children enter school.
The awards honor films at the highest levels of excellence in production value and effectiveness.
Parents should be careful to select uses of technology that help their children learn and grow, according to Donohue.
“These fine public servants bring tremendous dedication to their new roles,” President Obama said.
The Early Math Collaborative is also a finalist for the conference’s 2014 Innovation Awards.
“Together, we are making a difference in so many lives, here in Chicago and around the world,” writes Kate Neisser.
Read about the professional and personal accomplishments of Erikson’s alumni.
A clear jar and toy bunnies help preschoolers learn about estimation.
Barbara T. Bowman and Fran Stott, Erikson’s interim co-presidents, introduce new president Geoffrey A. Nagle.
In a decade, the Network has grown from a twinkle in Professor Linda Gilkerson’s eye to a national model.
The Center for Children and Families has a new outpost in Chicago’s Austin community.
As Kenyan society changed around her, Florence Kimondo, Ph.D. ’13, dedicated herself to helping others.
Nickels tells the Chicago Tribune that parents are better off implementing year-round parenting strategies.
The survey results show how highly alumni regard the Erikson experience, as well as identify areas for improvement.
In an essay for Politico, Jarrett says her mother sees every child as her own.
If teachers can connect home and school languages, “we know that it leads to better academic outcomes,” says Professor Luisiana Melendez.
A leader in early childhood policy and research, he currently directs the Tulane Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health.
Susan Wallace was a finalist for a Chicago CFO of the Year award.
The section presents current research that Bromer hopes will reengage the field and lead to funding for further study.
The Collaborative will work with Chicago Public Schools to improve elementary math education throughout the district.
The Asian American Psychological Association selected Thakar as one of its two leadership fellows this year.
The Huffington Post looks at the Early Math Collaborative’s efforts to create learning communities in schools.
Participants learned how mathematical concepts taught as early as preschool help prepare children for success.
Philanthropist Ashley Hemphill Netzky and attorney Clare M. Pinkert join the board of trustees.
“We need to reach children and families at a young age in order to tackle truancy issues in later grades,” Bromer says.
An increase in private schools should sharpen our focus to improve public education, she tells Crain’s.
McNamee tells CBS Chicago that efforts to teach material sooner don’t always lead to a higher capacity for learning.
Erikson welcomed assistant professors Amanda Moreno and Dhara Thakar to the faculty at the beginning of the 2013-14 academic year.
“If we are looking for the greater bang for our buck, early childhood is the ticket we should purchase,” Ray says.
Early childhood faculty from around the country had conversations to develop a vision of improved approaches in the digital age.
Most kids eventually put a healthy distance between themselves and their once-beloved toys, Bowman says.
Orientation at Erikson gives students a snapshot of what to expect and ideas on how to handle what they’ll experience.
Susan Knight and Maggie Brett will lead Erikson’s new M.S.W. degree program.
In a guest post for the Harvard Education Press blog, Halpern critiques current school reforms.
At a Yale symposium, Bowman notes that more awareness of dyslexia will lead to more funding.
“I can’t tell everyone else to work hard if I don’t work hard, too,” Bowman says. “It is not punishment. I am enjoying doing it.”
Experts from around the country presented research and strategies for improving the quality of care for children and families.
More than 400 people celebrated the potential of young children at Erikson’s annual Gala, raising more than $700,000.
On We Act Radio, the Early Math Collaborative discusses its work to help teachers embrace math instruction.
Moran explains to the Chicago Tribune why parents tend to be friends with other parents.
Shelley Levin, M.Ed. ’77, the new director of career services, is an accomplished early childhood educator with more than 30 years of experience in the field.
Professor Halpern talks about the value of learning opportunities outside of school.
Donohue and Armstrong highlight the need to be intentional when selecting technology for children.
Edutopia recommends Professor Halpern’s new book as a summer read for every teacher.
Alumni, faculty, and staff joined together to say goodbye and salute 11 years of accomplishments.
At Erikson’s 46th commencement ceremony, speakers remind graduates to be courageous and committed.
The Chicago Metro AEYC conference brings together 500 professionals in infant-toddler early care and education.
In the Peoria Journal Star,the Fussy Baby Network was praised as a program that can help prevent child abuse.
The Early Math Collaborative’s new book gives teachers the foundational knowledge they need to teach math to young children.
On CAN TV21, Salter tells parents of children with disabilities how to ask the right questions.
As Meisels prepares to leave Erikson after more than 11 years, he reflects on the prominent role attachment plays in all of our lives.
Under Meisels’s leadership, Erikson grew from a highly respected institution to a robust engine of research, community partnerships, and graduate programs.
The Early Math Collaborative is growing — and adding to its list of initiatives — in leaps and bounds.
Alumna Jill Bradley, M.Ed. ’81, has connected people and resources for more than 30 years.
Korfmacher’s investigation of home visiting programs has revealed new insights and led to the development of a groundbreaking quality measurement tool.
Halpern offers a sweeping critique of how we educate adolescents in the U.S.
The five Erikson board chairs during Meisels’s presidency reflect on his accomplishments.
Ray proposes 12 actionable solutions to address the achievement gap for African American boys, beginning in early childhood.
Picture books about mittens help preschoolers learn important math lessons about sets, patterns, and data analysis.
Read about the professional and personal accomplishments of Erikson’s alumni.
The webinars provide the same high-quality instruction, challenging topics, and range of credit offerings as our on-campus continuing education.
Trustee Cari Sacks calls the scholarship, which was a surprise birthday gift, the “best gift she could ever receive.”
In a Momaha.com article, Meisels explains why early childhood education is so important and how starts at home.
The Center for Children and Families is offering free parent-child therapy services to Chicago-area military families with the support of Prince Charitable Trust.
The Early Math Collaborative is now a partner of 100Kin10, a multi-sector partnership seeking to address the shortage of STEM teachers in the U.S.
Erikson is partnering with the Clinton Global Initiative to bring early childhood education to the attention of the world’s leaders.
Erikson alumni can now request official transcripts quickly and easily through a new online system.
Barbara Bowman will receive the Bernice Weissbourd Award for Family Support at Family Focus’s 35th anniversary gala.
Student Priti Ahuja came to Erikson to understand how she could help close the achievement gap in her classroom.
In a New York Times article, Bowman argues that investing in young children leads to a better education system.
Teachers, especially those in high-need Chicago-area schools, will benefit from the generous Pelino Family Scholarship.
The business community is investing in early childhood, but Bowman cautions in a WBEZ report that many preschools may not be teaching the skills businesses want.
In a Chicago Sun-Times column about book banning, McNamee explains the powerful role of literature in child development.
A wealth of early math ideas, techniques, and materials, all connected to the Common Core State Standards, is now online.
The Network will greatly strengthen medical education through a new partnership with two major Chicago medical centers.
In a Chicagotalks article, Moran shares some insights into co-sleeping, the practice of parents sharing a bed or room with their baby.
In an interview with WBEZ 91.5, Meisels applauds Chicago’s expansion of full-day kindergarten but adds a note of caution.
Erikson invites you to submit proposals for continuing education workshops to be held June 1 to December 13, 2013.
In this Chicago Tribune article, Gilkerson encourages parents to distinguish their baby’s feelings and thoughts from their own.
In an Education Week article, Meisels, an assessment expert, reacts to a federal proposal to fund kindergarten assessment programs.
In this New York Times article, Meisels states that test preparation can invalidate the results of this “off-label” use of the E.R.B. assessment.
The two professors will head Erikson while the search continues under the counsel of Russell Reynolds Associates.
In a Southtown Star article, Nickels wades into the quality time vs. quantity time debate.
Stephanie Bynum, M.S. ’02, recently resigned her position in academic affairs to become vice president of programs at Kohl Children’s Museum.
Aisha Ray, senior vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, announced the resignation of Stephanie Bynum in the following email to Erikson faculty and staff.
Join Erikson faculty and staff at the Chicago Metro AEYC conference, January 23–26.
Liza Sullivan, a 10-year veteran of the field, joins Erikson as assistant director of continuing education.
The article, written by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and Chicago entrepreneur J.B. Pritzker, mentions Erikson’s work in the field.
More than 100 people celebrated Stott’s commitment to Erikson, its students, and its alumni at the Alumni of Erikson Institute annual dinner.
ABC 7 featured Nickels for a story on parents’ increasing concern after the shooting in Newtown, CT.
“Through your gifts, you are providing the opportunity to a new generation of children and families,” writes Neisser.
Read about the professional and personal accomplishments of Erikson’s alumni.
As associate director, she helped build Erikson’s registration and student records office.
When children are asked to rattle off the numbers from 1 to 10 without actually counting something, these “naked numbers” can create all kinds of confusion.
Parents and professionals explored how children experience, make sense of, and navigate their environment.
U.S. Congressman Davis had kind words for Erikson at a conference over the summer.
Sarah Mangelsdorf of Northwestern University and Lianne Stein of The Boeing Company join Erikson’s board.
The innovative leadership of Leon Denton, M.Ed. ’88, is making a difference for children and families.
“I am deeply grateful for your support during my time at Erikson, and I look forward to staying in touch with you in the future,” writes Meisels.
One of the nation’s most effective early education reform strategies is expanding with the support of Erikson’s unique model for professional development.
What do early childhood practitioners — and parents, too — need to think about before handing children technology, from iPads to digital cameras?
There’s a groundswell of positive change in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood — amazing work by the community, along with partners like Erikson.
Erikson celebrates fiscal year 2011–12 by reviewing our impact on the community, as well as key statistics on our students, alumni, and donors.
In a Pittsburgh Live article, Nickels provides help to parents dealing with a child’s long Christmas wish list.
“Our hearts go out to all those directly and indirectly affected by the tragedy in Connecticut. Let us remember that we have chosen work that is intended to reduce human tragedy by supporting the growth of human potential. Let’s use what we know to help those who need us most,” writes President Samuel J. Meisels.
In a Chicago Tribune article, Nickels suggests telling younger children Santa’s limitations in delivering every child’s every wish.
Epley notes the limitations of most standardized tests, pointing to high-quality observational assessments as a superior alternative; though, with a caveat.
By taking her education online, Jennifer found a true community of fellow teachers.
Erikson helped student Rebecca Bleil understand the complex interplay of child development, culture, and family in her social work.
Few books for young children feature a Latino main character, which could be an obstacle for young readers, says Fleming.
Pomeroy was instrumental in building Erikson’s Registration and Student Records office. Most importantly, she leaves behind a legacy of outstanding service to the Erikson community.
The Early Mathematics Education Project is featured in a U.S. Department of Education Homeroom blog post.