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Erikson Institute receives one of largest gifts in its 50-year history

$5 million will elevate the early childhood workforce nationwide through scholarships. More »

The message behind Erikson’s window display

‘The message is all about children and how there are tremendous needs that Erikson is addressing.’ A conversation with Ikram. More »

Erikson president: Trump administration should consider child care tax credits

Quality child care can be a win-win for families and providers. More »

Panelists: ‘Affirming Black Children’ in welfare system requires reforms

During a panel discussion hosted by Erikson Institute, experts considered ways to improve a system that, in many states, primarily serves families of color. More »

Lesley Stahl talks about ‘becoming grandma’ at Erikson event

During a President’s Council discussion, the ’60 Minutes’ correspondent shared her experiences being a grandmother and talked about her latest book on grandparenting. 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.

Center for Children and Families to open satellite clinic in Little Village

Erikson Institute’s new clinic will bring much-needed mental health services for young children to the heart of Chicago’s Latino community. More »

Second annual poster symposium showcases research, work in the community

Erikson faculty, staff, and students highlight the ways their projects are making a difference for young children and families. More »

Amanda Moreno talks with DNAinfo Chicago about Erikson’s mindfulness study

Student issues are down and test scores are up, Dr. Moreno says More »

Center for Children and Families to open satellite clinic in Little Village

Erikson Institute’s new clinic will bring much-needed mental health services for young children to the heart of Chicago’s Latino community.  More »

WGN News features Erikson Institute co-founder Barbara T. Bowman

Bowman was featured on the segment Chicago’s Very Own. More »

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. More »

Erikson program helps Chicago-area teachers understand how technology can facilitate learning

A partnership with the Archdiocese of Chicago is empowering educators to integrate technology into preschool through third-grade classrooms. More »

February gathering draws alumni to Oak Park

Erikson-hosted events throughout the year offer opportunities to share experiences. More »

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. More »

In Erikson study, early signs show mindfulness has positive impact on students

Amanda Moreno, Ph.D., shares her perspectives about Erikson’s research on mindfulness interventions in Chicago Public Schools classrooms in a Huffington Post article. More »

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 »

Read Some Of Our Past Stories


  • June 16, 2017: A New Take on Fatherhood More »
  • May 8, 2017: Erikson welcomes new Vice President of Institutional Advancement More »
  • January 17, 2017: Advice to the Trump administration: Invest in early childhood programs More »
  • January 11, 2017: Should children have cell phones? It depends. More »
  • January 5, 2017: New report outlines ways to support high-quality STEM education More »
  • January 3, 2017: Task force recommends language and literacy program improvements More »
  • December 16, 2016: Partnership with Teach for America will prepare new teachers with deep knowledge about child development More »
  • December 14, 2016: Erikson’s Early Math Collaborative expands an innovative math program for educators of infants and toddlers More »
  • December 14, 2016: Members of the Erikson Institute community gather for Zero to Three Annual Conference More »
  • December 5, 2016: New Erikson Institute initiatives included in White House computer science fact sheet More »
  • December 2, 2016: Two Illinois communities selected for new Erikson pilot program More »
  • November 28, 2016: Erikson’s Andria Goss, MS ’02, one of 15 early childhood leaders nationwide chosen for Zero to Three fellowship More »
  • November 23, 2016: Erikson’s mindfulness research focuses on how children learn to cope with toxic stress More »
  • November 10, 2016: City awards Erikson 50th Anniversary resolution More »
  • October 31, 2016: Bipartisan legislative panel examines ins and outs of lobbying for better early childhood policies More »
  • October 21, 2016: Erikson’s statement on new recommendations for technology and young children issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics More »
  • October 13, 2016: Dr. Donohue speaks about parenting in the digital age More »
  • October 12, 2016: Better policies, professional development needed to support families of color involved with child welfare system More »
  • October 6, 2016: A night of live storytelling connects the Erikson community around our people and mission More »
  • September 12, 2016: Erikson community remembers former Board Chair Dick Kiphart, 1941-2016 More »
  • September 9, 2016: A 50th celebration of Erikson’s history, accomplishments, and impact More »
  • August 21, 2016: In the digital age, book empowers adults to better use technology with young children More »
  • August 8, 2016: Early Development Initiative receives $800,000 grant from McCormick Foundation More »
  • July 20, 2016: Teachers are society’s emissaries with our children’s future, McNamee says More »
  • July 19, 2016: Integrating technology with child life helps Erikson alumni connect with children in a hospital setting More »
  • July 14, 2016: Early Math Summer Institute offers intensive exploration of making early math meaningful More »
  • July 13, 2016: Use Pokémon Go as an opportunity to model healthy media habits, Kaldor says More »
  • July 12, 2016: 5 Tips for parents on Pokémon Go More »
  • July 11, 2016: Retiring professor Robert Halpern, PhD, reflects on his research on young children and adolescents More »
  • June 28, 2016: Generations of graduates gather at Erikson Institute’s largest-ever alumni event More »
  • June 27, 2016: Dr. Donohue: Encourage children to engage with technology by becoming media makers More »
  • June 23, 2016: One of Erikson Institute’s founders reflects on the legacy of a landmark early learning study More »
  • June 22, 2016: Town Square summit explores family child care meeds and goals More »
  • June 21, 2016: Skills learned in preschool prepare children for life More »
  • June 6, 2016: Through a new program leaders hone knowledge of early childhood issues to influence policy More »
  • May 31, 2016: Geoffrey Nagle honored with international award More »
  • May 23, 2016: Distance learning students meet face to face for the first time More »
  • May 20, 2016: The Atlantic features groundbreaking Erikson study More »
  • May 3, 2016: Rethinking “screen time” in the digital age: 5 things every parent should consider More »