Inside Erikson | March 2021 Newsletter

Pictured: Lorraine Wallach, Barbara Bowman, and Maria Piers, three of Erikson’s co-founders. This month, we celebrate Women’s History and honor Erikson’s past and future.

March, 2021 – Welcome to the March edition of the Inside Erikson newsletter! Did you know that March is Women’s History Month, National Social Work Month (World Social Work day is March 16!), and Child Life Month? Did you know that March is Women’s History Month, National Social Work Month (World Social Work day is March 16!), and Child Life Month? That’s a lot to celebrate! With that in mind, we are thrilled to present a virtual panel discussion, showcasing an award-winning documentary that explores the role women play as essential workers and childcare providers in our country.

This Issue will also provide you with updates about our Summer 2021 Term, as well as the latest in our search for a new President and other employment opportunities at Erikson. Keep reading to find out more!


Erikson Updates

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Presidential Search Update

The search for Erikson’s new president has launched. The ideal candidate will be a bold, inspiring leader who can engage a diverse community in further developing and executing a clear, contemporary, and distinctive vision. This vision serves our society and sustains Erikson on its path to a successful future. Candidates must have a deep commitment to early childhood development and to creating an equitable, just world for all children. All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited; materials should be received by April 19.


Remote Learning

Summer 2021 Term Announcement

While we are making progress across the nation with access to COVID-19 vaccines and decreased hospitalizations, the pandemic remains a serious public health threat. Therefore, Erikson announced last week that courses will be held remotely for the Summer 2021 term. As always, the top priority in our decision-making continues to be the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and their family members.


Through the Night

Virtual Film Event and Panel Discussion

On Tuesday, March 30 from 6-7 p.m. CT, join Erikson for a virtual film event and panel discussion on the award-winning documentary Through the Night. The film explores the essential role working mothers and childcare workers play in our country. Watch the film beforehand, then join us for a live Q&A with the film’s director, the stars of the documentary, and Erikson researcher Dr. Juliet Bromer. The discussion will be moderated by WBEZ’s education reporter Susie An. Register to attend here.


Employment Opportunities at Erikson

Erikson is currently hiring for a variety of positions, including several student worker roles. Please share any postings with qualified applicants who may be interested!


Seeking Erikson PhD Applicants for Early Learning and Teaching

Erikson is currently seeking two PhD applicants who are interested in early learning and teaching. Some statistics experience (or interest) preferred. One slot is specifically for a bilingual English/Spanish student. Students will work directly with Dr. Jie-Qi Chen, Dr. Amanda Moreno, and others. Contact [email protected] if interested and apply by March 15 to be considered.


March 2021 Events

Spectrum of Play Conference

Erikson is pleased to partner with Profectum Foundation as a sponsor for the conference on Symbolic Play. This conference will take place virtually March 7 and March 14. Symbolic play is a window into a child’s world and their bridge to the world of others. Come and learn from and with these foremost experts about how to deepen your understanding of symbolic play and its role in your practice! Register to attend the conference here.

Virtual Information Sessions

This month, Erikson’s Enrollment Management team will host two virtual information sessions for prospective students. On March 18 at 5 p.m. CT, learn about our Early Childhood education program, and on March 23 at noon CT, join us to hear about our Master of Social Work program. Please share widely with those who might be interested!

Virtual Film Event and Panel Discussion

Join us for a virtual film event and panel discussion on the award-winning documentary Through the Night on Tuesday, March 30 from 6-7 p.m. C.T. Register to attend.


Erikson in the News

In the News

Erikson’s Senior Policy Advisor pens op-ed for Chicago Tribune

Erikson’s Senior Policy Advisor, State Senator Cristina Pacione-Zayas, penned an op-ed for the Chicago Tribune exploring new teaching standards, and how they’ll benefit students, including bilingual learners. Dr. Pacione-Zayas was also featured in this profile from Illinois Times.

Erikson Research Cited by the Center for American Progress

Erikson’s Herr Research Center’s report on Family Childcare Providers was cited by the Center for American Progress in this article entitled 6 Ways To Ensure Preschool Contributes to an Equitable Early Childhood System. View a PDF of the report here.

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About Erikson

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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. Click here for more information on our degree and certificate programs, 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

The first 1,100 days of life set the stage for a child’s long-term physical and emotional health, socioeconomic trajectory, life expectancy, happiness, and well-being. Can we count on you to make a gift to strengthen our ability to serve children and families, as well as our students, faculty, and staff, during this time? Your support for Erikson prepares the heroes in young children’s lives—teachers, social workers, civic leaders, parents and caregivers—to get them safely through this crisis so they can soar into promising futures. Please donate here.

More Ways To Connect

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