Inside Erikson | July 2020 Newsletter

July, 2020 – This week, a set of colorful murals were painted over the plywood boarding up the broken windows at Erikson. Images of children protesting sends a compelling message about what is at stake in our world, as we move to make ourselves, our organization, and the systems around us more antiracist.

Last week, we announced our plan for Race Equity Training. At the recommendation of many staff members, we have selected Chicago ROAR (Regional Organizing for AntiRacism) to facilitate trainings at Erikson. Chicago ROAR’s services are in high demand, but we are willing to be patient as they seem like a great fit for our mission and culture. Specifically, Chicago ROAR works with organizations to become antiracist, they use a trauma informed focus, and they have experience working in higher ed.

Remote Learning Continues for Fall
Given the continued increase of COVID-19 in parts of the United States, and predictions from medical experts that there will be another outbreak later in 2020, we will continue remote learning for Erikson students this Fall with some new modifications to ensure a strong student experience. Faculty will collaborate with students on a course-by-course basis to determine the best meeting structure for the group. Students and faculty who would prefer to be in-person will have the option to meet on-campus while adhering to the city and state Phase 4 guidance.

As we begin the partial reopening of in-person services at the Center for Children and Families later this month, we want to remind everyone that if you or someone in your household has symptoms of COVID-19, please do not come to campus and consult a medical professional.

Erikson Updates

David Saenz

New Videos Showcase Erikson

Several new videos that highlight the benefits of attending Erikson, as told through the eyes of a student, alum, prospective student and staff members are now live on our website. There are five videos in total, “Why Choose Erikson,” “Erikson Gives You Options,” “Erikson’s Affordable Graduate Education,” “Experience Erikson’s Culture,” and “Why Choose Erikson’s Online MSECE Program?


Faculty Scholarship in 2019

This new Erikson article highlights faculty scholarship in calendar year 2019. If you click through the different sections, you can explore their article publications, appointments, presentations, and more. It’s clear our faculty had a busy year advancing knowledge in the ECE field, and also raising the public’s awareness of Erikson and our expertise. In the coming year, we are committed to finding creative ways to share their scholarship, both within and beyond Erikson’s walls.


Webinar Recordings

Erikson’s expertise continued to be on display through in-demand virtual webinars. The TEC Center explored media literacy (part 1 and part 2 are both available for viewing) on the heels of the release of their new Media Literacy report.

Dr. Cassandra McKay Jackson presented a webinar discussing youth engagement, social emotional learning, and critical service learning. Dr. Alexis Lauricella and Dr. Cristina Pacione-Zayas were featured on a webinar presented by the National Association of State Boards of Education exploring effective ways for young children to engage during remote learning.

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Big Ideas in Early Learning Update

Congratulations to the Big Ideas in Early Learning (BIEL) Summer Institutes team, which successfully pivoted to an online format this year. BIEL is expecting over 100 attendees from a variety of regions including Illinois, Puerto Rico, Canada, Taiwan, and Thailand, for a week-long series of in-depth seminars on Collaboration, Language & Literacy, Early Math, Technology, and Social & Emotional Learning.

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New Erikson Merchandise Available

We have an online Erikson store with new inventory that you can browse from the safety of your home to show off your Erikson pride. 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.

Home Visiting Article

Emily Reznicek and Jennifer Baquedano (Erikson’s Herr Research Center) wrote an article exploring how Home Visiting programs in Illinois are adapting to COVID-19. The piece is part of the Illinois Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting “Share Your Story” series by the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development. Read the article here.

July 2020 Events

ECLA Webinar

The Early Childhood Leadership Academy Barbara Bowman Leadership Fellows on Friday, July 17th from 2:30-4:30 p.m. shared their ideas and recommendations to improve the early childhood workforce in a two-minute pitch.

Erikson in the News

Kamaria Morris and National Geographic

WBEZ segment featuring Dr. Tonya Bibbs

Dr. Tonya Bibbs was featured in a WBEZ segment discussing how adults can help their children transition back into childcare/school or other programs now that pandemic restrictions are being reduced. Read the article and listen to the segment here.

Dr. Amanda Moreno quoted in National Geographic

With COVID-19 impacting family summer vacation schedules, National Geographic explored creative alternatives for young children in this article. “Just knowing that there’s a larger world out there, even if you can’t get to it right now, is definitely helpful for children,” says Amanda Moreno, associate professor and director of the child development program at Erikson Institute.

Dr. Samina Habi-Tabassum guest on The Love is Viral podcast

In June, Dr. Samina Habi-Tabassum discussed how humans have evolved and why we need empathy more than ever on the podcast The Love is ViralListen here.

Erikson employee on Good Morning America and ABC News

When Erikson decided to make Juneteenth a permanent paid holiday, Kamaria Morris, Assistant Director of Communications and Public Relations, tweeted about her experience helping advocate for that change. The tweet went viral, leading to interviews with Good Morning AmericaABC National News, and CBS 2 Chicago.

Erikson doctoral student in New York Times

Kia Ferrer, an Erikson doctoral student, was quoted in a New York Times article about helping children deal with grief and the loss of grandparents. Read it 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.