Erikson leaders visit China to share perspectives on early learning

Erikson leaders are in China to share our unique perspective on early childhood with our global partners, the Red Yellow Blue Education Development Company (RYB), China’s largest private early education provider. Over the next several days, Geoffrey A. Nagle, Erikson’s president and chief executive officer, and Jie-Qi Chen, Erikson’s senior vice president of Academic Affairs and dean of faculty, will be making several presentations on Erikson’s work and U.S. early childhood teacher training practices in Bejing, Shanghai, and Xian. The visit was widely covered by Chinese press.

This week, Dr. Nagle, with Dr. Chen translating, addressed RYB’s annual conference and highlighted Erikson’s pioneering work and America’s approach to early learning. Also speaking at the conference was Carol Brunson Day, an Erikson alumna and president of the Board of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

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 ($157 billion) in public preschool education and professional development for teachers.

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.

Erikson President and CEO Geoffrey A. Nagle, Ph.D., gets a lesson on making dumplings at an early childhood center in China.

Erikson President and CEO Geoffrey A. Nagle, Ph.D., gets a lesson on making dumplings at an early childhood center in China.

Carol Brunson Day, Ph.D., an Erikson alumna and president of the Board of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, joined Erikson leaders in China to further our partnership.

Carol Brunson Day, Ph.D., an Erikson alumna and president of the Board of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, joined Erikson leaders in China to further our partnership.

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Dr. Nagle and Dr. Day present at East China Normal University in Shanghai, China’s first national teacher training university.

Children at an early childhood education site in China present gifts to Erikson President and Chief Executive Officer Geoffrey A. Nagle, Ph.D. Dr. Nagle and other leaders are in China to see firsthand the influence of an Erikson partnership that is training more than 1,000 early education professionals about best practices and theory.

Children present gifts to Dr. Nagle. He and other leaders are in China to see firsthand the influence of an Erikson partnership that is training more than 1,000 early education professionals about best practices and theory.

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Dr. Nagle and Erikson Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty Jie-Qi Chen, Ph.D., visit several RYB early education sites in China to observe practices, share insights, and learn from our global partner.

Dr. Nagle and Erikson Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty Jie-Qi Chen, Ph.D., visit several RYB early education sites in China to observe practices, share insights, and learn from our global partner.

Dr. Nagle made several presentations on Erikson’s work and U.S. early childhood teacher training practices in Bejing, Shanghai, and Xian.

Dr. Nagle made several presentations on Erikson’s work and U.S. early childhood teacher training practices in Bejing, Shanghai, and Xian.

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Erikson's partnership in China makes it possible for RYB educators to earn graduate certificates in infant studies or preschool teacher development.

Erikson’s partnership in China makes it possible for RYB educators to earn graduate certificates in infant studies or preschool teacher development.

Dr. Nagle, with Dr. Chen translating, addressed RYB’s annual conference and highlighted Erikson’s pioneering work and America’s approach to early learning.

Dr. Nagle, with Dr. Chen translating, addressed RYB’s annual conference and highlighted Erikson’s pioneering work and America’s approach to early learning.

Dr. Nagle and Dr. Chen were joined by Carol Brunson Day, Ph.D., an Erikson alumna and president of the Board of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, who also spoke at the conference.

Dr. Nagle and Dr. Chen were joined by Dr. Day, who also spoke at the conference.

Dr. Day brings to China her expertise in teacher education, professional development, diversity and multicultural education, and cultural influences on development.

Dr. Day brings to China her expertise in teacher education, professional development, diversity and multicultural education, and cultural influences on development.

Dr. Nagle presents Chinese students with a Certificate of Admission to Erikson's online Infant Studies program. The certification is Erikson's first international online program offered in a language other than English.

Dr. Nagle presents Chinese students with a Certificate of Admission to Erikson’s online Infant Studies program. The certification is Erikson’s first international online program offered in a language other than English.

Dr. Nagle receives a warm welcome from a student at Shanghai Nanxi Preschool.

Dr. Nagle receives a warm welcome from a student at Shanghai Nanxi Preschool.