Inside Erikson | August 2020 Newsletter

August, 2020 – With the passing of Civil Rights icons U.S. Rep. John Lewis and Rev. C.T. Vivian last month, the Erikson community was once again reminded how long and hard the continuous fight for racial equity has been in this country. “He knew from his own life that progress is fragile, and that we have to be vigilant against the darker currents of this country’s history,” said former President Barack Obama during his eulogy for Lewis.

In the spirit of Obama’s remarks, Erikson remains committed to improving racial equity, starting within our own walls. This Fall, our faculty and staff will participate in Race Equity trainings with Chicago ROAR as a first step on this important journey.

Over the past few weeks, COVID-19 cases have surged across the country. The health and safety of our staff, students, and the families we serve is our top priority. Erikson’s Fall semester will begin remotely on August 28 with some new modifications to ensure a robust student experience.

Our talented faculty are excited to welcome new (and continuing) students to a new year of learning. And there’s still time to apply to join them; applications will be accepted through August 15. Please encourage anyone you know who might be considering graduate studies to check out Erikson’s programs here.

Erikson Updates

Early Childhood

Reimagining Early Childhood

Last month, Erikson’s Policy team presented the Reimagining Early Childhood event, which convened more than 150 stakeholders to listen and provide feedback on ideas to build, sustain, and diversify the early childhood workforce. Watch the recording here.

2020 Census

There’s still time to complete the 2020 Census. You can fill out the Census online, by mail, or over the phone until October 30. Because the census only happens once every ten years, if a young child is not counted, the community they live in will have less funding for education, child care, and other services they need.

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Erikson Merchandise Available

We have an online Erikson store with new inventory you can browse from the safety of your home. Our shop has t-shirts, sweatshirts, masks, mugs, baby onesies, tote bags, and—of course!—our popular “Notorious B.T.B.” gear, in honor of Erikson co-founder Barbara Taylor Bowman. Browse through our store here.

August 2020 Events

Engaging Families as Early Childhood Stakeholders Webinar

Presented by The Center: Resources for Teaching and Learning, this webinar featured Erikson’s Associate Vice President of Policy Dr. Cristina Pacione-Zayas and Jaclyn Vasquez, Erikson’s Associate Director, Early Development Instrument. It will explore strategies for collaborating with families to support positive outcomes for children. The event was August 5 at 1 p.m.,

Free TEC Center Webinar

On August 6 at 3 p.m., Erikson’s TEC Center presented a free webinar entitled, Remote STEM Learning for PreK-3rd Grade: Supporting Families in Exploring Math in collaboration with staff from the Early Math Collaborative. Presenters shared how exploring math in the home setting can help children see that math is more than just what is prescribed in a classroom; Math is part of everyday life.

Erikson in the News

ABC 7 segment featuring Dr. Cristina Pacione-Zayas

Erikson’s Associate Vice President of Policy Dr. Cristina Pacione-Zayas spoke about gun violence, protests, and how young people are leading us towards social change on ABC 7 Chicago with anchor Judy Hsu. Watch the segment here, and read Cristina’s op-ed in the Chicago Tribune on the subject.

Dr. Amanda Moreno quoted in Chicago Tribune

Associate professor and director of Erikson’s child development program Dr. Amanda Moreno was quoted in this Chicago Tribune article about children’s social development during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Tonya Bibbs guest on Living Well podcast

Erikson alum Mark Henick (MS ‘12, Child Development) interviewed Erikson associate professor Dr. Tonya Bibbs for his podcast Living Well. They discussed how racism is acquired from a young age, and how anti-racism can be cultivated in children instead. Listen to the podcast here.

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About Erikson


Graduate Education

Recognized for our groundbreaking work in the field of early childhood, Erikson specializes in preparing child development, education, and social work leaders to improve the lives of young children, families, and their communities. For more information on our degree and certificate programs, click here or email our admissions team.

Clinical and Community Services

As we adapt to these unexpected and challenging times due to COVID-19, Erikson’s Center for Children and Families is offering virtual mental health services to parents, caregivers, and children, as well as crisis counseling and consultation to support first responders and early childcare providers and teachers. Services can be provided in both English and Spanish, and are available to families regardless of their ability to pay.

We have also re-opened our River North clinic for services that require in-person assessments, including Early Intervention Medical and Neurodevelopmental Diagnostic Evaluations.

Our Fussy Baby Network, which helps families struggling with their infants’ crying, sleeping, or feeding, has also pivoted to provide more of its services, like home visits, in a virtual environment.

Policy and Leadership

Erikson’s Policy and Leadership department engages leaders in government, business, and nonprofit sectors to inform effective policies that benefit children and families. They offer unique programming that equips decision-makers and influencers with the resources, skills, and deep knowledge about early childhood development that will support their efforts to make lasting change. Learn more about our Policy and Leadership.

Give to Erikson

Every gift made to Erikson supports work that has limitless influence, translating directly to innovative programs that empower early childhood professionals, provide services, and shape policies and practices — all helping children and families achieve their full potential. Make a gift to Erikson today.

More Ways To Connect

Learn more about Erikson’s Early Math Collaborative and TEC Center.