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Erikson Institute Established 1966 Type Private Endowment $29.6 million[1] President Samuel J. Meisels Academic staff 26 Admin. staff 51 Postgraduates 300 Location Chicago, Illinois, USA Campus Urban Locations 1 campus, online Website This article needs references that appear in reliable third-party publications. Primary sources or sources affiliated with the subject are generally not sufficient for a Wikipedia article. Please add more appropriate citations from reliable sources. (March 2009) Erikson Institute is a graduate school in child development located in downtown Chicago, Illinois. It is named for the noted psychoanalyst and developmental psychologist, Erik Erikson. Contents 1 History and mission 1.1 Academic programs 1.2 Professional development programs 1.3 Research initiatives 1.4 Herr Research Center for Children and Social Policy 1.5 Center for Children and Families 2 See also 3 References 4 External links History and mission The Institute was founded in 1966 by four child advocates: child psychologist Maria Piers; educator and activist Barbara Taylor Bowman; social worker Lorraine Wallach; and businessman and philanthropist Irving B. Harris. The Institute was established to provide training for people working in the recently created Head Start program. Its original mission was to provide early childhood teachers and caregivers with a comprehensive education in child development and a clear understanding of the role of family and culture in a child’s life. The mission has expanded to the education of anyone who works with or on behalf of young children. The Institute’s academic programs, applied research, and community work focus on children from birth through age eight, particularly those at risk for academic failure. In addition to its exclusive focus on early childhood, Erikson is best known for its multidisciplinary and relationship-based approach to education, an approach that requires students to master child development knowledge from many fields and to develop professional self-awareness and a capacity for reflective practice. Erikson Institute is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. Academic programs Forty full- and part-time faculty teach approximately 260 masters, 12 doctoral, and 60 certificate students enrolled in the institute’s academic programs: Master of science in child development Master of science in early childhood education Master of science in child development/master of social work (in collaboration with Loyola University Chicago) Doctorate in child development (in collaboration with Loyola University Chicago) Irving B. Harris Infant Specialist Certificate Programs Irving B. Harris Infant Mental Health Program Bilingual/ESL/Multicultural Certificate Program Professional development programs Courses are offered in four categories: early intervention, teaching and learning, supervision and leadership, and infant studies. Research initiatives Current applied research projects focus on after-school programs, assessment in early childhood classrooms, caregivers of substance-exposed infants, early literacy instruction with culturally and linguistically diverse children, Early Head Start, Early Reading First, infant mental health, social-emotional evaluation of children in foster care, early mathematics education, and vocabulary acquisition among ESL preschoolers. Herr Research Center for Children and Social Policy Established in 2005, the center conducts policy research on early childhood issues in the Great Lakes region, including infant mental health and social emotional support services, services and support for immigrant children and their families, and prekindergarten early education initiatives. Center for Children and Families Opened in January 2009, the Center offers assessment and treatment services for children from birth to age eight. The Center's interdisciplinary team, which includes developmental pediatricians, psychologists, occupational therapists, and social workers, specializes in social and developmenal concerns, depression and anxiety, regulatory concerns (including attention, hyperactivity, sleep, and eating problems), behavior challenges, parent-child relationship/attachment concerns, sibling rivalry, grief and other trauma, academic concerns, and developmental delays. See also Bank Street College of Education Pacific Oaks College Wheelock College References ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 17, 2010.  External links Erikson Institute Web site