From the President: Crafting a vision for Erikson’s future

For the past five months, the Erikson community has been deeply engaged in a process of reflection and debate about how to shape our future endeavors in a rapidly changing world.

[img_caption link=”” align=”right” caption=”President Geoffrey Nagle” alt=”President Geoff Nagle”]By the fall, we will create a new strategic plan articulating how Erikson can best address the most pressing issues facing families with young children as we continue to educate and train the professionals who serve and support them.

To ground our strategic planning process, we have engaged in a series of thoughtful internal conversations, and collected feedback from hundreds of people in the early childhood and social work fields, including many of you. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our planning to date!

Thinking about the future doesn’t stop us from acting in the present. In this issue of Erikson on Children, you’ll read about the significant impact of our 17-year partnership with the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services and our work with the Child-Parent Center education program, which is one of the most successful U.S. models for school reform.

You’ll also see that we were selected for a major new partnership with China’s largest private provider of early childhood education.

President John F. Kennedy said that “Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.” It is in this belief that Erikson was founded, and as we work together to build a vision for our future, our commitment to our mission and principles will guide the choices we make.

I look forward to sharing our plans with you in the fall.

Geoffrey Nagle
President and CEO