Our research and work in the community generates new knowledge, invigorates our academic courses, and improves life for children and families in Chicago and throughout the nation.

Applied research — studies that respond directly to the needs of young children and the people who serve them — is an Erikson hallmark. We focus on what works and how and on models that can be replicated.

Community initiatives with children and families or the professionals who work with them are also a key element of our work. We partner with schools, social service agencies, hospitals, and more.

Areas of focus

Types of work

Project spotlight

Herr Research Center for Children & Social Policy

Conducting original research, evaluations, and analysis to inform, guide, and support effective early childhood policy. More »

Early Math Collaborative

Designed to help children close the mathematics achievement gap, and research shows we’re succeeding. More »

Erikson’s New Schools Project

Partnering with Chicago Public Schools to promote high-quality early education, PreK–3rd grade. More »