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As first group of fellows graduates, Erikson expands leadership and policy influence

New programming through the Early Childhood Leadership Academy will help leaders make informed decisions that impact children and families.  More »

Social Justice Coalition kicks off speaker series with David Stovall

Stovall, a University of Illinois at Chicago professor, visits Erikson to discuss the nature of social justice-centered work.  More »

Advice to the Trump administration: Invest in early childhood programs

In a Chicago Tribune piece, Erikson Institute’s president and CEO joins Chicago-area executives in offering ideas for helping the local economy. More »

Should children have cell phones? It depends.

Parents should consider many factors when deciding whether to buy their child a cell phone, writes Tamara Kaldor. More »

New report outlines ways to support high-quality STEM education

A multidisciplinary group of national leaders in early childhood offers guidance for the development and improvement of effective STEM policies and practices. More »

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Erikson In the News highlights the top stories about how Erikson and its people are impacting children, families, and communities.

Task force recommends language and literacy program improvements

In Chicago, interagency initiatives are needed to close a widening reading achievement gap between students with and without disabilities. More »

Partnership with Teach for America will prepare new teachers with deep knowledge about child development

Through a new alternative teaching licensure program, Erikson will support TFA Corps members who will work in high-need, Chicago-area schools. More »

Erikson’s Early Math Collaborative expands an innovative math program for educators of infants and toddlers

Math All Around Me is working with teachers on strategies to help children 3 and younger develop foundational skills that are the precursors to more complicated mathematical thinking. More »

Members of the Erikson Institute community gather for Zero to Three Annual Conference

The conference in New Orleans featured several presentations by Erikson faculty and doctoral students, and an offsite gathering brought together alumni from across the country, plus faculty, staff, and students. More »

Two Illinois communities selected for new Erikson pilot program

The pilot program will make use of a unique research tool to support advocacy efforts for young children and their families. More »

New Erikson Institute initiatives included in White House computer science fact sheet

A project by Erikson’s Technology in Education Center is helping educators in Chicago Catholic schools learn how to integrate computer science programs into the classroom, while a new survey will gauge early childhood educators’ access to technology tools. More »

Erikson’s mindfulness research focuses on how children learn to cope with toxic stress

Writing in Crain’s Chicago Business, Geoffrey A. Nagle, Ph.D., explains how our federally funded research is helping create knowledge around the benefits of mindfulness techniques in the classroom. More »

Erikson’s Andria Goss, M.S. ’02, one of 15 early childhood leaders nationwide chosen for Zero to Three fellowship

Andria Goss, M.S. ’02 director of Erikson Institute’s Early Childhood Project with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), has been selected for a prestigious fellowship with Zero to Three. More »

City awards Erikson 50th anniversary resolution

President and CEO Geoffrey A. Nagle, PhD, along with board members and our director of policy, accept a resolution from Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago City Council.More »

Bipartisan legislative panel examines ins and outs of lobbying for better early childhood policies

Seminar enables Erikson’s Barbara Bowman Leadership Fellows to get insights into early childhood advocacy from many different perspectives, including Illinois lawmakers. More »

Erikson’s statement on new recommendations for technology and young children issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics

As digital devices become commonplace in our homes, schools, and early childhood settings, positive and actionable guidelines for adults are necessary to address the use of technology by today’s young children and families. More »

A night of live storytelling connects the Erikson community around our people and mission.

Three members of the Erikson Institute community took to the stage and shared uniquely personal stories that connected their own experience and professional passion during a live storytelling event produced in partnership with the Peabody Award winning storytelling organization, The Moth. More »

Better policies, professional development needed to support families of color involved with child welfare system

Three Erikson experts explain how a lack of integrated efforts among agencies and institutions is providing a ‘fragmented experience’ for many families and young children. More »

Dr. Donohue speaks about parenting in the digital age

Chip Donohue, director of Erikson’s Technology in Early Childhood Center, spoke with Vermont’s WCAX News about screen time, using technology together, the importance of adults becoming media literate, and modeling healthy media habits for your child. More »

Erikson community remembers former Board Chair Dick Kiphart, 1941-2016

The longtime friend of Erikson was known for his passion for local and global philanthropy and for his ‘indomitable spirit.’ More »

A 50th celebration of Erikson’s history, accomplishments, and impact

The pioneering spirit that created Erikson Institute in 1966 was celebrated at an event that ushered in Erikson’s milestone 50th year. More »

In digital age, book explores technology to make meaningful connections

A new book edited by Chip Donohue, Ph.D., director of Erikson’s Technology in Early Childhood Center, helps adults who work with young children better connect with families using new technology tools. More »

Early Development Initiative receives $800,000 grant from McCormick Foundation

Data from an instrument that measures development of young children will empower communities to advocate for policies that benefit early childhood. More »

Teachers are society’s emissaries with our children’s future, McNamee says

Gillian McNamee, Ph.D., director of teacher education, calls for well-prepared teachers of young children in an opinion piece in The Hechinger Report. More »

Integrating technology with child life helps Erikson alumni connect with children in a hospital setting

At Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, the child life team uses tablets and other digital devices to help children understand and cope with medical issues. More »

Early Math Summer Institute offers intensive exploration of making early math meaningful

More than 100 participants delve deeply into practical ways teachers can improve early math instruction. More »

Use Pokémon Go as an opportunity to model healthy media habits, Kaldor says

Tamara Kaldor, M.S., assistant director of Erikson’s Technology in Early Childhood Center, shares tips with parents about the new digital craze. More »

5 Tips for Parents on Pokémon Go

Our experts in the Technology in Early Childhood Center share advice for parents looking to understand the latest digital craze — and how their children are taking part in it. More »

Retiring professor Robert Halpern, Ph.D., reflects on his research on young children and adolescents

In his 28 years at Erikson Institute, Dr. Halpern studied the role schools and services for families play in children’s learning and development. More »

Rethinking “Screen Time” in the Digital Age: 5 Things Every Parent Should Consider

Chip Donohue, Ph.D., Erikson’s director of the Technology in Early Childhood Center, shares tips on starting healthy media habits early. More »

Generations of graduates gather at Erikson Institute’s largest-ever alumni event

Alumni from the Classes of 1968 through 2016 came together at the home of Barbara Bowman to reflect on their experiences and celebrate Erikson’s ongoing legacy. More »

Dr. Donohue: Encourage children to engage with technology by becoming media makers

Chip Donohue, Ph.D., speaks with the Council for Professional Recognition about technology in early childhood. More »

One of Erikson Institute’s founders reflects on the legacy of a landmark early learning study

In a recent keynote discussion, Barbara Bowman talked about the long-term impact of the Perry Preschool Study and the lessons early childhood professionals continue to learn from it. More »

Town Square summit explores family child care needs and goals

Family child care providers were included as panelists and moderators. More »

Skills learned in preschool prepare children for life

Assistant Professor Amanda Moreno, Ph.D., tells that certain important skills are best learned in preschool. More »

Through a new program, leaders hone knowledge of early childhood issues to influence policy

The first Barbara Bowman Leadership Fellows begin an eight-month program that fosters a deeper understanding of issues that affect children and families and helps them use that knowledge to impact public policy. More »

Geoffrey Nagle Honored with International Award

Erikson’s president and chief executive officer is given the 2016 World Association for Infant Mental Health Sonya Bemporad Award. More »

Distance learning students meet face to face for the first time

A special brunch for graduates of Erikson’s online M.S. in Early Childhood Education program is a tradition that brings together students separated by thousands of miles. More »

The Atlantic features groundbreaking Erikson study

Principal Investigator Amanda Moreno, Ph.D., says her study on mindfulness could show improved academic outcomes in young children. More »