Building positive and powerful early education experiences for children in pre-kindergarten through third grade.

Select papers and presentations

Envisioning Change

Jana Fleming, Aisha Ray, Florence Kimondo
Envisioning Change is a statewide effort to close the achievement and opportunity gaps that impact thousands of African American students beginning in the earliest years. More »

Thinking About Play in the Early Childhood Classroom

Joan Brooks McLane
The study suggests that the diversity of knowledge, beliefs, and practices among early childhood practitioners — who are ultimately responsible for how play is implemented in specific classrooms — affect many aspects of the child’s play experience. More »


Dual Language Learners in Chicago Public Schools

Jana Fleming, Aisha Ray, Mark Nagasawa, Jessica Manvell
Erikson is collaborating with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) on a two-year research study examining the current preschool policies and practices that support dual language learners. More »

Early Math Collaborative

The project aims to improve the quality of early math education and ensure that young children are introduced to foundational mathematics. More »

Family Strengths and Needs Assessment

The project will develop, pilot, and field test the Family Strengths and Needs Assessment (FSNA) tool focused on families of young children with disabilities and special health care needs. More »

New Schools Project

Christine Maxwell
The project partners with administrators and teachers in Chicago Public Schools to establish positive, effective learning environments for children in prekindergarten through third-grade classrooms. More »