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‘A warm welcome’ to Erikson

A new academic year gets underway with more than 100 future child development, social work, and early education leaders joining our student body. More »

Known as helpful, guiding, and reassuring, Sharon Syc, PhD, to leave Erikson after 20 years

Led by Dr. Syc since 2002, Child Life specialty prepares students to work with children in times of great need. More »

New study examines quality in home-based child care

Led by Erikson researcher Juliet Bromer, PhD, the study is the first to examine family child care networks on a national scale. More »

Imagine the next 50 years

As our 50th Anniversary year ends, the Erikson community pays tribute to those who have made us a pioneer in the early childhood field and considers how our influence will grow in years to come. More »

New class of Barbara Bowman Leadership Fellows announced

Fifteen professionals working in the early childhood sector were selected for the second year of our 10-month leadership program More »

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Erikson launches new executive fellowship program with McCormick Foundation

Political, civic, and judicial leaders will gain a deeper understanding of the long-term benefits of supporting early child development. More »

Class of 2017: Prepared to be leaders in the field

At our commencement ceremony, speakers encouraged graduates to rise to the challenges presented in ‘times of uncertainty.’ More »

Erikson Institute welcomes early childhood representatives from China

Visiting directors, investors and teachers are part of Erikson’s China Initiative More »

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 »

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 »

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 »
  • March 21, 2017: Sen. Durbin learns about Erikson’s mindfulness research More »
  • March 7, 2017: February gathering draws alumni to Oak Park More »
  • February 28, 2017: Arne Duncan and Barbara Bowman discuss ‘cradle-to-prison pipeline’ More »
  • February 27, 2017: Erikson program helps Chicago-area teachers understand how technology can facilitate learning More »
  • February 23, 2017: In Erikson study, early signs show mindfulness has positive impact on students More »
  • February 22, 2017: As first fellows graduate, Erikson expands leadership, policy influence More »
  • February 7, 2017: Social Justice Coalition kicks off speaker series with David Stovall 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 »