Mindfulness in the early grades:
How can schools buffer toxic stress for young children?

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At a time of national change, Erikson Institute continues to embrace the ideals of inclusion, fairness, and social justice.

A message from Geoffrey Nagle, President and CEO

Arne Duncan and Barbara Bowman discuss ‘cradle-to-prison pipeline’

During an Erikson Institute President’s Council event, the two leaders met to examine how education, poverty, and violence are connected in Chicago and beyond.
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WGN News features Erikson Institute co-founder Barbara T. Bowman

Bowman was featured on the segment Chicago’s Very Own. Watch video

Sen. Durbin learns about Erikson’s mindfulness research

The project in Chicago Public Schools classrooms is reaching more than 2,000 children over four years.
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Hear from our students, alumni, and faculty about how an Erikson education uniquely sets you apart as a professional with deep knowledge about children and families.
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Because Nothing Matters More Than A Child’s Early Years

Erikson set her on a path to change child- and family-focused systems

Alumna Bilge Cerezci, Ph.D.
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Her approach to research: Represent the underrepresented

Professor Tonya Bibbs, M.S.W., Ph.D.
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At Erikson, he developed a sense of himself to help him serve others

Alumnus Joshua Abrahams, M.S. ‘11
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Learn about other Erikson faculty, alumni, and students.

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What We’ve Learned Over 50 Years


The child advocate founded Erikson Institute with three others 50 years ago. She continues to teach graduate students as the Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development and advocate for children in local and national leadership positions.

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Our Place in History

Leading with knowledge since 1966

Throughout the many social, political, and cultural changes of the last 50 years, our focus on the importance of a child’s early years has been unwavering. Our pioneering spirit continues to distinguish our work as leaders in the conversation about how to positively impact the lives of young children.

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“The best way to improve the American workforce in the 21st century is to invest in early childhood education, to ensure that even the most disadvantaged children have the opportunity to succeed along side their more advantaged peers.”

James Heckman, Nobel Prize-winning economist