Named after one of Erikson’s co-founders, this program is designed to enrich the perspective and enhance the capacity of diverse child advocates who are committed to racial equity and want to influence early childhood policy.
The program equips these leaders with content knowledge, tools for assessing public policy levers, and hands-on practice to make a positive difference in early childhood policy.
Fellows can expect an engaging, rigorous, and reflective experience with a thoughtful balance between theory and practice. Special attention is given to:
- navigating policy systems
- developing a critical lens with respect to diversity and equity
- fostering an enduring network among fellows
Guest lecturers draw from a variety of early childhood policymakers and advocates who share their knowledge and experience. Monthly sessions build upon one another, and applied learning projects maximize fellows’ ability to analyze critical issues, expand skills, and cultivate a broader understanding of how policy and systems impact children and families in Illinois.