The following is a guest blog post, written by Erikson doctoral student Colleen Wilson, MSW, MSEd Has your 9-month-old ever started to hand you a toy and then pulled it away giggling? Does your 2-year-old look at you with a
Erikson Institute’s Early Childhood Experts Share 10 Tips for Children & Families Navigating the COVID-19 Outbreak
Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, parents, caretakers, and families across the world are navigating unprecedented challenges. Between school closings, social distancing, and fears of sickness, everyone is anxious and uncertain. To help, our expert faculty and staff offer their top tips
Erikson Institute’s Early Childhood Leadership Academy (ECLA) is seeking nominations for the McCormick Foundation Executive Fellows (MFEF) program, which will be held August 5-7, 2020 and September 23-25, 2020. The program provides Illinois leaders in the legislative, justice, educational, and
Erikson partners with Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton to offer Illinois leaders a childhood trauma-focused session
As the new year begins, Erikson Institute is partnering with Illinois Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton as she amplifies efforts on justice reform through the state’s Justice, Equity and Opportunity (JEO) Initiative. Erikson will work with the lieutenant governor to provide
Early Childhood Advocates Support Illinois Commission On Equitable Funding For Early Childhood Education And Care
Erikson is pleased to share the news that Governor Pritzker has launched the Illinois Commission on Equitable Funding for Early Childhood Education and Care. The commission will “study and make recommendations to establish funding goals and funding mechanisms to provide
The 2019 Spirit of Erikson Luncheon, taking place Tuesday, October 22 at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, will honor early childhood advocates and celebrate Erikson Institute’s commitment to better the lives of young children and families. The lunch and program
Golden Apple, a leading education nonprofit that is playing a critical and expanding role in resolving the teacher shortage crisis in Illinois, will honor Barbara T. Bowman with its 2019 Impact Award on Monday, October 28th at the organization’s annual
Erikson professor Gillian Dowley McNamee shares what she learned about early childhood education during her travels through Asia
Professor and director of Erikson’s teacher education program Dr. Gillian Dowley McNamee recently visited Asia to serve as keynote speaker at the annual Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association (PECERA) conference. During the months of July and August, she visited
On September 10, Erikson Institute celebrated the grand opening of its new Center for Children and Families/Centro para Niños y Familias clinic in the Little Village neighborhood. The event featured remarks from Erikson leadership and community partners, tours of the
Erikson joins the international early childhood education community in mourning the death of Vivian Gussin Paley, who passed away on Friday, July 26 at the age of 90. Vivian was a world-renowned educator and writer, and she was the first
Cross-sector Group of Illinois Leaders Selected for 2019 Cohort of McCormick Foundation Executive Fellows
Composed of local and state officials, high-ranking law enforcement, judges, top educators as well as community and faith-based leaders, the 2019 cohort of the McCormick Foundation Executive Fellows (MFEF) program will begin a two-month executive education series at Erikson Institute
In light of renewed calls for increasing deportations of undocumented immigrants, as well as the Trump administration’s proposal to cut programs and services for detained children, the Erikson community affirms our opposition to the separation of any child from a
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot names Erikson professor Luisiana Meléndez to Chicago Board of Education
In a press conference held at the Lionel Hampton Fine & Performing Arts School on June 3, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot named Erikson professor Luisiana Meléndez to the Chicago Board of Education (CBOE). A native of the Dominican Republic and
Erikson Institute is proud to announce that through the generous gift of an anonymous donor, a $2 million scholarship fund has been established for Erikson’s Master of Social Work (MSW) program. The scholarship is named in honor of Dr. Jie-Qi
Erikson’s Social and Emotional Learning Initiative supports innovative approaches to creating engaged learning
The visibility and increased need for understanding Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) has skyrocketed over the past few years, and for good reason. SEL is a process by which children and adults manage their emotions, and develop self-awareness, decision-making skills,
On Monday, May 6, Erikson Institute’s 2019 Commencement ceremony will be held at Chicago’s iconic Field Museum. This year, 85 graduates will receive their master’s degrees in child development, social work, or early childhood education, and three will receive doctoral
From left to right: Illinois Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton, Ric Estrada/Metropolitan Family Services, Phyllis Glink/Irving Harris Foundation, Erikson’s Director of Policy Cristina Pacione-Zayas, and Erikson President and CEO Geoffrey A. Nagle. Photo credit: City Club of Chicago. Erikson increased public
On February 25, Erikson’s Director of Policy, Dr. Cristina Pacione-Zayas, was chosen by Governor J.B. Pritzker to serve as Secretary of the Board for the Illinois State Board of Education. Nine other education leaders were selected to join the Board,
A cohort of promising local Jewish early childhood educators will expand their knowledge through a new initiative using online instruction and in-person seminars to elevate their current practice in the classroom. The Jewish United Fund (JUF) and Erikson Institute will
Trauma-focused training series brings national infant and early childhood mental health experts to Chicago
Photo: Julie Ribaudo (LMSW) presenting “What Children Tell Us: Creating Narratives that Help Make Meaning of their Stories” at Erikson on January 25 Launched in September, 2018 by Dr. Marcy Safyer, Director of Erikson’s Center for Children and Families, a
Home-based child care accounts for the largest sector of the early care and education workforce. More young children in the U.S, especially infants, toddlers, and children from low-income families, are cared for in these settings than in center-based child care
Since 2015, Erikson’s International Initiative has led 16 cohorts of international early childhood educators to visit Erikson and other early childhood sites in Chicago, Atlanta, and Washington D.C. Participants visit various high-quality programs while engaging in discussions and reflecting on theories
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
Erikson Institute faculty made a strong impact enhancing the knowledge of fellow early childhood professionals at the 2018 National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) conference that convened in Washington, D.C. November 14-17. A total of 21 Erikson
Erikson Institute’s Early Development Instrument (EDI) Pilot Project will work with the City of Rockford and Villages of Skokie and Morton Grove to implement this data tool, which provides insight on the school readiness of children in relation to their
On October 30, the Erikson community celebrated co-founder and professor Barbara T. Bowman’s 90th birthday. Taking place in the Polk Bros. Lecture Hall at Erikson Institute, the birthday gathering included a brief program and champagne toast. President and CEO Geoff
Amid the small businesses on bustling Archer Avenue in Brighton Park is Gads Hill Center, an early childhood center currently housed in retail space. From the outside, the facade blends in with the other storefronts but when you walk in,
Credit Courtesy of the J.B. Pritzker campaign Erikson Institute congratulates J.B. Pritzker on becoming the 43rd Governor of Illinois. A core component of Erikson’s work is advocating for public policies that benefit very young children and their families, and Governor-elect
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 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,
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
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
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
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
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,
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.
Chip Donohue, Ph.D., director of Erikson’s TEC Center, talks about a new trend of teaching coding in early childhood programs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Read about the professional and personal accomplishments of Erikson’s alumni.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
Catalyst Chicago looks into the expansion of a promising program.
Life Goes Strong asks if, when, and how grandparents should discipline grandchildren.
CBS 2 Chicago looks into pros and cons of teaching with iPads in early childhood classrooms.
Bowman talked to Life Goes Strong about what grandparents should think about when giving holiday gifts to their grandchildren.
Popular parent website, ABCmouse.com features Q&A with Donohue.
Parents and caregivers are invited to special drop-in sessions at Chicago Children’s Museum to talk with an Erikson child development specialist, mingle with other families, and play in a cozy setting designed for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.
See how Erikson Institute is making a difference in the lives of children and their families.
More than 160 people gave to the week-long campaign, raising $3,120 for the Fussy Baby Network, including a $1,500 matching gift from Kolcraft.
Meisels, president of Erikson since 2002, will direct the University of Nebraska’s new Buffett Early Childhood Institute.
President Samuel J. Meisels announced that he is stepping down in June in the following email to Erikson students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
Illinois Action for Children will honor President Samuel J. Meisels for his work on behalf of children and their families during its A Night to Shine annual benefit on October 19.
Life Goes Strong asks when children are too old or too young to participate, and how to pick an appropriate Halloween costume.
Barbara Bowman, the Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development, was honored for her contributions to education during the 27th annual Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching on October 12.
Saffold was an Erikson trustee from 2002 to his death in October, former chief financial officer for the City of Chicago, and long-time member of the Chicago Board of Education.
Erikson’s Fussy Baby Network is partnering with Groupon Grassroots, the philanthropic arm of Groupon, to raise money for its home visiting services in Chicago and the surrounding county.
Envisioning Change is a statewide effort to close the achievement gap for African American students beginning in the earliest grades.
The specializations will help our students respond to the growing need for professionals who understand the unique needs of diverse children.
The film shows how teachers can help children develop the foundation for complex mathematical thinking and lifelong learning.
McNamee encouraged parents to acknowledge anxiety or other emotions and discuss the strike in terms of fairness.
Make sure you receive the latest Erikson news and event invitations by reviewing and updating your contact information.
Join Erikson faculty and staff at the NAEYC Annual Conference for presentations on topics ranging from early math to the value of early education.
The director of Erikson’s Technology in Early Childhood Center talks about the effects of parents using digital devices to keep their young children occupied.
An Early Mathematics Education Project initiative is helping early childhood education faculty prepare their community college students to teach foundational math.
Forty Head Start state managers recently visited Erikson to learn the best practices in distance learning.
Fussy Baby Latina was started in 2007 to support Chicago’s Latino families, particularly those who had recently immigrated.
The summer 2012 edition of Erikson on Children, our newsletter for alumni, donors, and friends, is now available online.
This article appeared in the Summer 2012 issue of Erikson on Children under the headline “On board for young children.” More from this issue » Ikram Saman Goldman Ikram Saman Goldman, owner of Ikram, a women’s fashion boutique in Chicago’s Gold
The Fussy Baby Network® welcomed its eighth national partner site in Albuquerque, New Mexico. With the new site, Fussy Baby Network is piloting a new approach to establishing partners, a process it calls “infusion.”
This article appeared in the Summer 2012 issue of Erikson on Children under the headline “Homecoming.” More from this issue » Barbara Bowman, the Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development, left Chicago Public Schools after serving eight years as its
Candace Williams, M.S. ’08, M.S.W. (Loyola) ’09, joined Erikson as the director of family and community partnerships within the Herr Research Center for Children and Social Policy.
This article appeared in the Summer 2012 issue of Erikson on Children under the headline “Innovation Fund moves early childhood field forward.” More from this issue » Four recent grants from the J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Faculty Innovation Fund will enable
This article appeared in the Summer 2012 issue of Erikson on Children under the headline “Around the world.” More from this issue » Erikson’s outreach doesn’t end at the Chicago city limits or the U.S. border. Several faculty members are traveling
This article appeared in the Summer 2012 issue of Erikson on Children under the headline “Valuing reading and singing.” More from this issue » A new study by Professor Pamela Epley quantifies the value of typical home activities, such as reading
This article appeared in the Summer 2012 issue of Erikson on Children. More from this issue » From the President School’s out for the summer in many districts, but for parents, teachers, and other early childhood professionals, the hard — and critically
The grant will support partnerships with the teachers and administration of nine Chicago Public Schools, including two new partner schools in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood.
After reading Penguins! by Anne Schreiber, the preschoolers wondered, “Are we taller or shorter than an emperor penguin?”
Professor Robert Halpern received the 2012 Community Spirit Award from the All Stars Project of Chicago, a nonprofit organization that sponsors innovative inner-city youth development programs. All Stars Project directors David Cherry and Julie Lenner presented the award at the
Senior vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty Aisha Ray In a Chicago Tribune article about the changing roles of fathers, Aisha Ray discusses the social factors that have influenced our expectations of fathers and the cultural variability
From picky eating and trouble sleeping to attachment issues and sibling rivalry, parents and caregivers with questions about their children found answers and support at special drop-in sessions held at Chicago Children’s Museum. Keri Grossman (right) speaks with a mother
Erikson’s Fussy Baby Network® is partnering with Healthy Families Illinois to support high-risk families throughout the state — and around the country.
A version of this article appeared in the Summer 2012 issue of Erikson on Children under the headline “Double your support.” More from this issue » Erikson received a $200,000 challenge grant doubling gifts to a new initiative that will create
Friends of Erikson turned out to dine, dance, and support young children at Erikson’s annual benefit, play ball, on May 11, 2012.
Educators attending Pearson’s National Early Childhood Summer Institute 2012 can build their professional portfolio by earning Erikson continuing education units (CEUs) at the conference, July 23–26 in San Antonio, Texas. “Erikson is proud to partner with Pearson and to recognize
Erikson’s online learning program reached a milestone at this year’s annual commencement ceremony with the graduation of the Institute’s first online master’s cohort on May 12. Each Erikson graduate receives a rose when crossing the stage. The students met for
A version of this article appeared in the Summer 2012 issue of Erikson on Children under the headline “Caps and gowns.” More from this issue » At Erikson’s 45th commencement ceremony, 91 graduates received their master’s degrees in child development or
The event was a smashing success, raising more than $630,000 for Erikson’s work with children and families. The occasion was also an opportunity to honor Joseph A. Gregoire, regional president of PNC Bank’s Illinois banking, with the Spirit of Erikson Institute Award.
Chairs Ed and Courtney Loeb and the Board of Trustees cordially invite you to the play ball, Erikson’s annual benefit. Honoring Joseph A. Gregoire, Regional President Illinois Banking, PNC Bank with the Spirit of Erikson Award Location Hilton Chicago, 720
The Art of Leadership: Managing the Early Childhood Program A professional development learning series for program directors, site managers, education coordinators, assistant directors, and supervisors Register now for this five-session series taught by leaders in the early childhood field. The
Illinois Action for Children is offering financial support for practitioners pursuing professional development in early care and education and school-age care. These funds can be used for Erikson’s professional development offerings, as well as other workshops, conferences, and professional credentials.
This article appeared in the Summer 2012 issue of Erikson on Children under the headline “$15 million well spent.” More from this issue » A partnership of 11 education and nonprofit agencies, including Erikson, was awarded an Investing in Innovation, or
Erikson’s 45th commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, May 12 at The Field Museum. 90 graduates will receive their master’s degrees in child development or early childhood education, and one will receive a doctoral degree in child development. Full event
Erikson is now accepting applications for academic programs starting in fall 2012. Learn more about Erikson’s application process »
Technology and interactive media can support learning and development if used appropriately, says a joint statement released today by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College.
Erikson has created the new Technology in Early Childhood (TEC) Center to help early childhood educators make informed decisions about the appropriate use of technology in the classroom and other early childhood settings.
This article appeared in the Summer 2012 issue of Erikson on Children under the headline “Rethinking high school.” More from this issue » Professor Robert Halpern The high school experience must change to include a variety of learning opportunities and outside-of-school
The webinar series, which will be led by Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Education Jacqueline Jones, begins on March 6.
Donald M. Stewart Donald M. Stewart, a leader in higher education and the nonprofit world for more than 30 years, joined Erikson as a visiting scholar in December. “Throughout his distinguished career as an educator and administrator, Don has worked
As Common Core State Standards and PreK–12 alignment shape school reform, high-quality PreK–3rd should be viewed as a critical first link in the full educational continuum.
Join teachers, administrators, and education leaders for High-Quality PreK–3rd in the Age of Common Core, a dialogue on the tensions and challenges involved in developing an ambitious and responsive vision for teaching and learning in PreK–3rd grade. As registration has
In January, 13 teachers celebrated the completion of their bilingual/ESL certificate program coursework. The Erikson graduates, who were based at the College of DuPage, return to their classrooms throughout Chicago’s western suburbs better prepared to meet the needs of the
March 1 is the deadline for priority applications for fall 2012 on-campus master’s programs. Learn more about Erikson’s application process »
Every Friday in February and March, parents and caregivers are invited to special drop-in sessions to discuss their burning questions with educators from Chicago Children’s Museum and Erikson’s Center for Children and Families. Any topic — from how to deal
CBS 2 (WBBM-TV) aired a story about the trend of more toddlers using iPads and other mobile devices. Chip Donohue, Erikson’s director of distance learning, contributed a thoughtful perspective for parents to consider when deciding if and how they should
Stephanie Banchero interviewed Jeanine Brownell, Jie-Qi Chen and Jennifer McCray for a Wall Street Journal story about the Early Mathematics Education Project.
President Samuel J. Meisels The Common Core State Standards seek to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn in kindergarten through 12th grade classrooms. President Samuel J. Meisels, however, argues in a guest blog post
Erikson joins with the people of Chicago in mourning the passing of a great woman, Chicago’s former first lady, Maggie Daley.
The fall 2011 edition of Erikson on Children, our newsletter for alumni and friends, is available online.
Erikson launched Fulfilling the Promise, an ambitious fundraising campaign, to help reach more children and families and the professionals who work with them. This summer, the five-year campaign surpassed its $30 million goal. More »
Teachers of pre-k through third grade who are applying for the online certificate program in early childhood bilingual/ESL may be eligible for a special new scholarship. This special scholarship, generously funded by a private foundation, is available to teachers in
In this video, Erikson faculty describe how the Erikson experience comes alive online.
Erikson recently hosted a group of preschool directors from Xi’an, China, for a three-day professional development program designed specifically for them. “We worked really hard to tailor this leadership training to the needs of Chinese preschool directors,” says professor Jie-Qi
Professor Gillian McNamee Professor Gillian McNamee presented as part of a panel discussion of the Common Core State Standards at the 2011 Chicago Public Schools Policy Forum Series. Michael Cohen, president of Achieve, and Noemi Donoso, chief education officer of
Join Erikson faculty and staff for presentations on topics ranging from children and technology to teaching practice at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) annual conference in Orlando, Florida, November 2–5, 2011. Wednesday, November 2 Exploring
Senior instructor Mary Hynes-Berry’s new book, Don’t Leave the Story in the Book: Using Literature to Guide Inquiry in Early Childhood Classrooms, is a culmination of her life’s work as a teacher and storyteller. “I wanted to share all that
President Samuel J. Meisels President Samuel J. Meisels and Professor Gillian McNamee are among the education leaders presenting at the 2011 Chicago School Policy Forum Series. Over the course of the series, speakers will discuss the new Common Core State
Students in Erikson’s online master’s in early childhood education begin their studies passionate about early childhood education. They graduate as part of a close-knit community of like-minded professionals with the knowledge and practical skills they need to serve children and
President Samuel J. Meisels Erikson president Samuel J. Meisels is one of the 10 members of Chicago’s new Early Learning Executive Council, which will coordinate the city’s early childhood education initiatives. Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the creation of the
In September, eight early childhood faculty members traveled from Jordan to Erikson for custom professional development seminars. Senior Instructor Colette Davison (far left) and Professor Pam Epley (far right) with faculty members from Jordan. Vonda Jump, Ph.D., of Utah State
“We talk a great deal in our society about return on investment in early childhood,” says Moté. “To truly realize this investment, you need effective, high-quality programs and a strong, capable workforce at every level in the field. Erikson does that.”
After nearly 35 years as an educator, Cusack returned to the classroom herself to earn her master’s degree in child development.
“When I found Erikson Institute, it was a dream come true,” says Capito. “Here was an organization that was already teaching the things I believed and putting them into practice!”
Bertacchi’s career of working with and for children and families is almost as long as Erikson’s — and it’s closely entwined with the Institute, too.
Meet alumna Julissa Banzon, whose work with infants and families draws from her work in Latin America as well as the knowledge she gained from Erikson.
Jacqueline Jones, Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s senior advisor on early learning, visited Erikson on Thursday to learn about the Early Mathematics Education Project. The project received a $5 million Investing in Innovation (i3) grant last year from the Department of
In Chicago, 22 percent of children are obese upon entering school—that’s twice the national average. Erikson is taking part in an initiative to help decrease this number by encouraging child care centers to increase physical activity, reduce screen time for
Erikson’s fall line-up of professional development workshops offer research-based training with a practical edge. Register by September 30 and receive a 20% discount. Enter discount code ERIKSONFALL when you checkout. Learn more and register »
Nearly half of all working parents rely on home-based child care. To raise the quality of care in this setting, Erikson is working with an often overlooked group of child care professionals.
Join Erikson’s Center for Children and Families for a series of workshops for parents and nannies taught by experienced specialists. Learn more and register »
This summer, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are creating guidelines for the Early Learning Challenge, a $500 million grant competition to build and improve states’ early learning systems (birth to age
The Chicago History Museum honored Barbara Bowman, the Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development and Erikson co-founder, with the Jane Addams History Maker Award for Distinction in Social Services. The award was presented at the Seventeenth Annual Making History
Erikson’s Early Math Education Project will be working with eight Chicago public schools through its new Innovations program. This new program is funded by one of only 49 “Investing in Innovation” (i3) grants from the U.S. Department of Education, and
Connecticut’s legislature is considering a bill to curb redshirting — the practice of delaying a child’s entry to kindergarten in hopes of providing a developmental advantage. According to The New York Times, the new rule would move the date by which
Erikson held its 44th annual commencement ceremony on May 7 at The Field Museum. Susan Buffett, chair of the Buffett Early Childhood Fund and the Sherwood Foundation, and Dr. Eugene García, vice president for education partnerships at Arizona State University,
Edward Neisser Library conducts book drive – Effort will raise funds for the library and its literacy partner program
If you need to clear a little space on your bookshelves at home, consider donating your “pre-read” books to the Edward Neisser Library. The library is partnering with Better World Books (BWB) to sell donated and discarded books. BWB will
Education leaders explore PreK-3rd approach to reform – Erikson-hosted forum featured nationally known speakers
Erikson hosted more than 90 education leaders for Exploring PreK–3rd Grade: A Dialogue on Educational Reform in March 2011.
The Kindergarten Readiness Stakeholder Committee, convened by Illinois State Board of Education Superintendent Chris Koch, recently released its report for creating a statewide, research-based kindergarten assessment process. Read the press release » [PDF, 2 pg] Read the report » [PDF, 22 pg]
NAEYC revises its position statement on technology – Erikson's Chip Donohue assists the ongoing effort
Chip Donohue is assisting a joint effort between the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media to revise NAEYC’s 1996 position statement on technology and young children.
You are invited to watch the live webcast of Exploring PreK–3rd Grade: A Dialogue on Educational Reform on March 31 and submit your questions in real time. Leaders from early childhood and K-12 education are coming to Erikson to explore
Exploring PreK-3rd Grade A Dialogue on Educational Reform Download the white paper » [PDF, 25pg] Watch the presentations » Lisa Guernsey and Sam Meisels In March 2011, Erikson sponsored a one-day forum to explore the new educational possibilities suggested by the PreK–3rd
Erikson hosts discussion of excellence in children’s media – Roundtable of national leaders organized by the Fred Rogers Center
Erikson hosted 30 national leaders at a roundtable discussion on January 31 exploring issues and potential partnerships for a national framework for excellence in children’s media.
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NCATE, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, recently released policy recommendations urging that teacher education include the study of child development. The council’s Principles and Exemplars for Integrating Developmental Sciences Knowledge into Educator Preparation [PDF, 96 pg] cites
Heidi Stephens interviewed Margret Nickels for this Chicago Tribune article about how to decide if a child is ready to visit a haunted house.
CME Group Foundation gives $1 million to Early Math Project – Gift provided 20% match required for "i3" grant
On Tuesday,October 5, CME Group Foundation announced its $1 million gift to the Early Mathematics Education Project to meet the Department of Education’s requirements for its Investing in Innovation (i3) grants. The Math Project’s principal investigator, Professor Jie-Qi Chen, expressed
Erikson’s latest Strategic Plan is now available on a new website that breaks down the plan’s key issues and allows commentary on specific goals. To view the plan and share your thoughts, go to http://strategicplan.erikson.edu We welcome your feedback.
Margret Nickels was on ABC 7’s morning newscast as part of its weeklong series “ABCs of Back to School” to discuss school anxiety.
Erikson Institute has been selected as a highest-rated application in the Department of Education’s 2010 Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) competition. The i3 fund is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s historic $10 billion investment in education reform.
Erikson Institute, the nation’s leading graduate school in child development, has been selected as a highest-rated application in the Department of Education’s 2010 Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) competition. The i3 fund is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s historic $10 billion investment in education reform.
Crain’s Chicago Business published the announcement of Susan Wallace’s appointment to vice president for finance and operations at Erikson Institute. The Chronicle of Higher Education and Chronicle of Philanthropy published similar announcements.
Erikson Institute, the nation’s leading graduate school in child development, has named Susan H. Wallace vice president for finance and operations. “Joining an organization with an expanding mission and a clear focus within its field represents an exciting opportunity,” says Wallace. “That Erikson improves the care and education young children receive makes it incredibly rewarding as well.”
Erikson Institute faculty and trustees awarded honorary doctoral degrees to Dr. Barbara Rogoff, UCSC Foundation Professor of Psychology at University of California Santa Cruz; and Bernice Weissbourd, founder of Family Focus and a cofounder of the Ounce of Prevention Fund.
Event raises nearly $800,000 to support Erikson’s work to improve the care and education of young children.
Awards encourage students to pursue and promote innovative teaching.
Nineteen new Erikson graduates with early childhood teacher certification will soon be staffing preschools in Chicago’s western suburbs, easing a shortage of qualified instructors and serving children in high-need classrooms throughout the region.
Dr. Jana Fleming was named director of the Herr Research Center for Children and Social Policy in March 2010.
In observance of Memorial Day, Erikson Institute will be closed Saturday, May 29–Monday, May 31.
Erikson Institute Awards Honorary Doctoral Degrees to Developmental Psychologist, Family Support Advocate
Erikson Institute faculty and trustees will award honorary doctoral degrees to Dr. Barbara Rogoff, UCSC Foundation Professor of Psychology at University of California Santa Cruz; and Bernice Weissbourd, founder of Family Focus and a cofounder of the Ounce of Prevention Fund.
Larry Richman, president and chief executive officer of The PrivateBank, was presented the Spirit of Erikson Institute Award at the Prism Ball, Erikson’s annual gala. Approximately 370 of the city’s leaders in philanthropy, finance, education, and health care turned out for the April 16 event at Hilton Chicago, recognizing Mr. Richman and raising almost $800,000 to support Erikson’s work in the service of children and families and provide scholarships for its students.
Donohue discussed new and emerging technology tools for managing programs, improving communication, exchanging ideas and information, sharing resources, accessing training and professional development, building a community of professionals, and strengthening advocacy efforts.
Erikson president Samuel Meisels appeared on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show to discuss the flaws in high-stakes admissions tests for New York’s most prestigious elementary schools. This interview was a follow up to the New York Magazine arti