Chinese press reports on Erikson partnership, tour of early childhood practices

A visit to China by Erikson leaders and alumni to share insights and observe early childhood practices was widely covered by Chinese press. Geoffrey A. Nagle, Ph.D., Erikson’s president and CEO, and Jie-Qi Chen, Ph.D., Erikson’s senior vice president of Academic Affairs and dean of faculty, along with Carol Brunson Day, Ph.D., an Erikson alumna and president of the Board of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, toured early childhood facilities, met with early childhood organizations, and presented at conferences in Beijing, Shanghai, and X’ian. Dr. Nagle, Dr. Chen, and Dr. Day also presented at the annual conference of global partner Red Yellow Blue Education Development Company (RYB), China’s largest private early education provider, and visited several of its sites to observe and learn teaching practices.

Erikson is in its second of five years of a groundbreaking partnership with RYB to develop and implement a program that is teaching more than 1,000 of RYB’s early education professionals about leading U.S. early childhood education practices and theory through online and in-person training programs in both Chicago and China. Early childhood education has become a priority in China as, over the past few years, the Chinese government has invested 100 billion yuan ($15.9 billion) in public preschool education and professional development for teachers.

The Shanghai Municipal Education Commission reported that while visiting preschools in Shanghai,  “the experts from U.S. were impressed by their unique educational missions, well-equipped facilities, rich content of activities, teachers’ professionalism, and children’s desire and capability to share what they know and can do.” Erikson leaders also toured schools and met with education institutions and organizations in Beijing and X’ian during the visit.

The partnership makes it possible for RYB educators to earn graduate certificates in infant studies or preschool teacher development. It also marks a milestone in Erikson’s innovative distance learning offerings: The first international online program offered in a language other than English.

[stories are in Chinese and include photos]



Shanghai Municipal Education Commission