Strengthening Early Childhood Professionals Globally

Erikson Institute’s International Initiative is designed to give early childhood leaders, teachers, and caregivers working abroad an intensive study of early childhood education models in the United States. And we, in turn, learn from them.

Professionals receive online and in-person training in Chicago and their home countries, and gain an in-depth understanding of childhood development and hands-on experience in the field. Among the ways we reach these global professionals is through partnerships with providers of early childhood education in countries including China, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Ghana.

2021 Statistics

  • 2,000+ Early childhood professionals have been trained in 6 years
  • 200,000+ Families served weekly by our collaborators


Yinna Zhang, PhD
Director, International Initiative
[email protected]
(312) 893-7242