Inside Erikson | December 2020 Newsletter

December, 2020 – As 2020 draws to a close, we can take a moment to reflect on a truly remarkable year that challenged us in ways we never imagined but also strengthened the Erikson community, of which you are a part.

Our mission and strategic goals guided us through the many changes we faced as we transitioned successfully to a remote work and learning environment. We secured government relief funding and exceeded fundraising expectations. We witnessed the continued systemic racism that plagues our country, and committed to making Erikson a more anti-racist organization. Our clinical services, professional development, and policy activities adapted quickly to a virtual environment and continued bringing Erikson’s expertise to new audiences.

The new year will certainly bring new challenges, but guided by our mission and strategic goals, we are confident Erikson will continue taking important steps to better the lives of children and families.

Erikson Updates

new programs

New certificate, licensure, and endorsement programs

Erikson recently launched eight new certificate, licensure, and endorsement programs. A certificate in Child Development is now available, in addition to the remaining five Online M.S. in Early Childhood Education concentrations. With the projected double-digit growth in employment of early educators by 2026, two new programs, the Post-Master’s Early Childhood Education licensure and the Early Childhood Education endorsement, will help students receive the training they need. Program lengths, academic term starts, and other details can be found here.

Erikson merchandise

Erikson gift ideas

Our new merchandise, including masks and our popular “Notorious B.T.B.” items (in honor of Erikson co-founder and education icon Barbara T. Bowman) make perfect gifts for the holidays. Order your Erikson gear today!

December 2020 Events

Early Childhood Education Virtual Information Session

On December 3 from 5 – 6pm CST, members of Erikson’s admission team and program faculty will host a virtual information session about the Early Childhood Education program. They will share their stories and passion for working with children, families, and communities, and attendees can have all their questions answered. Please share with any prospective students who might be interested! Register to attend.

New America National Forum

New America is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that brings promising new voices to public discourse. Join them for a national forum December 1-3 on how media mentorship is adapting to the changing times, with three 90-minute sessions over three days co-hosted by Chicago Public Library, Skokie Public Library, and Schaumburg Township Public Library. Speakers from across the country will address key questions about equity and access, family engagement, media literacy, and learning in the age of Covid and beyond. Learn more here.

‘Black Lives Matter at School’ launch

Join us for the launch of Black Lives Matter at School: An Uprising for Education Justice, an essential collection of essays, interviews, poems, resolutions, and more from educators, students, and activists who have been building the Black Lives Matter at School movement across the country.

Erikson in the News

December news

Blog featuring Erikson’s Fussy Baby Network

This informative article from The Everymom blog explores caregiving for active toddlers and features an interview with Linda Horwitz, a mental health specialist with Erikson’s Fussy Baby Network.

Dr. Cristina Pacione-Zayas quoted in Chalkbeat article

Erikson’s Associate Vice President of Policy Dr. Cristina Pacione-Zayas was quoted in this Chalkbeat article about standardized testing in Illinois amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Erikson’s Jill Barbre pens blog for NPN

Jill Barbre, MSEd, LCSW, Clinical Supervisor for Erikson Institute’s DCFS Early Childhood Project, wrote this article for the Neighborhood Parent’s Network with tips for families with young children navigating COVID-19.

Dr. Amanda Moreno featured in KPCC radio segment and article

Erikson Associate Professor Dr. Amanda Moreno was featured in this article and segment from Southern California Public Radio KPCC exploring how a simple tactic from schools can improve remote learning for children.

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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.