Erikson Institute

aka Erikson   |   Chicago, IL   |
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Erikson Institute

EIN: 36-2593545


Erikson Institute is the premier independent institution of higher education committed to ensuring that all children have equitable opportunities to realize their potential. Recognized for groundbreaking work in the field of early childhood, we uniquely prepare child development, education, and social work leaders to improve the lives of young children and their families. Our impact and influence are further amplified through our innovative academic programs, applied research, knowledge creation and distribution, direct service, and field-wide advocacy. Because nothing matters more than a child’s early years, Erikson educates, inspires, and promotes leadership to serve the needs of children and families so that all can achieve optimal educational, social, emotional, and physical well-being

Ruling year info



Dr. Mariana Souto-Manning PhD

Main address

451 N. LaSalle Street

Chicago, IL 60654 USA

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Subject area info

Equal opportunity in education

Child educational development

Social work education

Teacher education

Early childhood education

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Population served info

Children and youth




NTEE code info

Graduate, Professional(Separate Entities) (B50)

Family Services (P40)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Too often, young children are faced with injustices which exclude them from fully participating in life because of their culture, race, learning differences, or language. When a child is excluded, their contributions are undervalued, and their opportunities are stolen. Young children’s rapidly developing brains are negatively impacted by recurrent and chronic stressors generating cortisol levels that negatively affect brain development and create lifelong consequences. High-quality early childhood programs have significant positive impacts on the lives and futures of children, but low-quality programs where children are devalued inflict harm and perpetuate trauma. 54% of students in Illinois identify as BIPOC, but 82% of their teachers are white. Erikson works to cultivate and sustain a just world that centers the voices of all young children, honors their gifts, and imagines, with them, a better future.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Graduate Education

We offer the most comprehensive, interdisciplinary understanding of children and families available through classes at our downtown campus and online.

Master's Degree Programs:
• Child Development
• Online Child Development
• Early Childhood Education with Licensure and Triple Endorsement
• Online Early Childhood Education
• Social Work
• Online Social Work

Ph.D. Program:
• PhD in Child Development

Graduate Certificates:
• Child Development Certificate
• Early Childhood Education Endorsement
• Post-Master’s Early Childhood Education Licensure
• Early Childhood Leadership & Advocacy Certificate
• Early Childhood Social & Emotional Learning Certificate
• Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate

Population(s) Served

Erikson’s Early Teaching and Learning Academy provides comprehensive learning and professional development programs for schools, districts, and systems in developmental areas of social and emotional learning, early literacy, early math, and technology. These programs are intended for early childhood teachers and administrators both nationally and internationally:

Early Math Collaborative; increasing the quality of foundational math education in early childhood settings.
Project Connect; for kindergarten teachers in partnership with the Illinois State Board of Education to improve teachers' ability to make use of assessment data to inform instruction.
Technology in Early Childhood; empowering early childhood professionals to make informed decisions about the appropriate use of technology with young children.
Facilitating Attuned Interactions (FAN); providing trainings to strengthen the provider-parent relationship.
Town Square; connecting family care professionals to free resources.

Population(s) Served

Center for Children and Families (CCF)
CCF's team of psychologists, social workers, developmental and behavioral pediatricians, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, and other licensed mental health professionals provide pediatric mental health services for children ages 0-8, as well as their families and important caregivers. CCF's main clinic site is located in Chicago's River North neighborhood, and includes satellite sites in the Little Village, Austin, and Humboldt Park.

Early Childhood Project
In collaboration with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, our team provides clinical assessments, consultations, and other services to young children involved with the child welfare system. Our developmental specialists are experts who understand the needs of young children who have experienced significant trauma and support DCFS in making critical decisions that affect the lives of young children and their families.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Non-adult children

Erikson’s research focuses on many different areas of the early childhood field, including early childhood care, early childhood education, and family support. We partner with schools, social service agencies, hospitals, and more to generate new knowledge, invigorate our academic courses, and improve life for children and families in Chicago and throughout the nation.

The Herr Research Center at Erikson Institute helps bring our research projects to fruition by fostering collaboration among our expert faculty and staff; identifying funding sources; and assisting with research design, data analysis, and the sharing of results. Our studies have led to new community initiatives, such as a satellite clinic of Erikson’s Center for Children and Families on Chicago’s West Side, and we have provided guidance to public agencies, including the Illinois State Board of Education, our partner in our Birth to 3 Prevention Initiative Monitoring project.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Early Childhood Leadership Academy (ECLA)
ECLA provides leaders with dynamic and collective learning experiences to enhance their capacity to influence early childhood policy leading to positive outcomes for young children and families.

Risk and Reach Report
The Illinois Risk and Reach Report developed by Erikson is a set of data tools that includes a comprehensive early childhood focused report and interactive website compiling an analysis of child well-being indicators in relation to state investments in three domains: Family Stability, Health, and Early Care and Education.

Data Literacy Coaching & Customized Trainings
The Policy and Leadership Department provides data literacy coaching to help communities, researchers and stakeholders understand the various worldviews centered with data research and provides tools on how to contextualize data. Erikson also offers customized trainings and consultation services in support of education and care and early childhood policy.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) 1966

Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) 1970

Our results

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Graduate degrees conferred per year

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Graduate Education

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Percentage of students that receive scholarships per year

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Population(s) Served


Related Program

Graduate Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Erikson Institute’s work is guided by a three-year strategic plan (2022-2025) which centers justice, quality, and impact. We work towards a world where children birth to eight and their families reach their fullest potential and where children, families, and communities experience equity, justice, inclusion, and belonging. As such, Erikson has identified four key priorities to guide us toward this goal:

1) Grow and diversify the early childhood workforce with an emphasis on whole child success.

2) Expand access to children's social, emotional, and mental health services including early intervention, home visiting, parent-child psychotherapy, or other children's mental health services statewide through the DCFS Project and the Center for Children and Families.

3) Build leadership capacity and mobilize communities to dismantle systemic barriers for children and families to access equitable opportunities

4) Deepen investment in the Herr Research Center with an emphasis on applied research and informing academic programs in order to create a new generation of knowledge through cutting-edge research

Erikson Institute was one of the first institutions in the country to recognize the importance of a child’s early years. Today, our groundbreaking work continues to define us as pioneers in the field of early childhood and leaders in the essential work to make a positive difference for children, families, and communities.

With an exclusive focus on educating, serving, and leading in the early childhood field, our work to improve the lives of young children and their families is supported by four pillars:

-Innovative academic programs
We are the premier graduate school in child development and a leader in continuing education for professionals who work with young children and their families. On our downtown Chicago campus and through online distance learning, we uniquely prepare adults to become informed leaders and practitioners. We offer a range of advanced degrees and certificate programs in child development, early childhood education, and social work.

-Direct service in the community
Our students, faculty, and staff provide a wide range of direct services to children and families in Illinois. More than 7,000 families have been served by our Fussy Baby Network, Center for Children and Families, and Early Childhood Project, a partnership with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Each year, our students put in more than 49,000 hours of field service at 68 agencies serving children and their families.

-Applied research
Erikson's current research projects respond directly to the needs of young children and the people who serve them by focusing on what works and how and on models that can be replicated. Our groundbreaking research includes several studies that are the first of their kind in the field on topics including home visiting, mindfulness interventions in the classroom, and home-based child care.

-Field-wide policy advocacy and influence
Our Policy and Leadership team works collaboratively with communities and their leaders to inform policy and systems change that ensures all children receive equitable opportunities to achieve their full potential. We do this through three initiatives:
Early Childhood Leadership Academy
Early Development Instrument (EDI) Project
Risk and Reach Report

Above all, we remain true to our founding mission and to the conviction that all children deserve an equitable opportunity to achieve their full potential.

Erikson is guided by strong leadership to meet its objectives. Erikson's Board of Trustees demonstrates a deep commitment to preserving and enhancing the Institute. For 55 years, trustees have skillfully guided Erikson through its metamorphosis from a small, local, and unaccredited institution to a highly respected national leader in the field, with a strong endowment, national student body, and innovative, accredited academic programs. In addition to their strong financial support, trustees play a critical role in building greater awareness of Erikson's activities and impact in the Chicago community and beyond, helping to identify and attract new sources of support. For more than 10 years, the board has participated vigorously in several large initiatives that have contributed significantly to the preservation and enhancement of the Institute.

Erikson's fifth president, Dr. Mariana Souto-Manning, began her leadership role at the Institute in September 2021. Prior to joining Erikson, Dr. Souto-Manning was the Professor of Early Childhood Education and Teacher Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Erikson's senior management team works in partnership with the president to set policy, discuss organizational issues from the leadership perspective, and problem-solving. This group is comprised of the Chief Financial Officer, Chief External Affairs Officer, Vice-President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, Associate Vice President of Clinical and Community Services, and the Dean of Students.

With over 200 full-time employees and 55 years since our founding, Erikson has the workforce and experience to achieve its goals and objectives.

Some of Erikson’s recent accomplishments include:

-Erikson launched a reimagined teacher licensure program to now include a triple endorsement. The updated Master of Early Childhood Education degree now embeds curriculum and clinical hours that position graduates to earn additional endorsements from the Illinois State Board of Education. These endorsements include: Early Childhood Birth-2nd Grade, Special Education, and Bilingual/ESL. This program is the first of its kind in the state of Illinois, eliminating the costly and time-consuming practice of “stacking” endorsements which does offer the holistic approach that every child needs. Further, Erikson secured philanthropic funding to offer the Educator Impact Grant, covering all tuition and fees, to eligible students who agree to teach in divested communities post-graduation.

-Erikson’s Center for Children and Families’ (CCF) has remained a constant source of mental health support for the youngest children in communities throughout Chicago during the global Covid-19 pandemic. To provide a continuum of care during the pandemic, CCF adopted a HIPAA compliant video conferencing platform. From July 2020 to June 2021, a total of 319 families were supported by the early childhood mental health and diagnostic services provided by CCF. In 2022, in-person therapy and clinical services were able to resume along with proactive outreach to help support communities in the wake of ongoing gun violence.

-Erikson’s Policy and Leadership Department released the second edition of the Risk and Reach Report in July 2021, which features data that provide a comprehensive, county-by-county analysis of Risk factors that undermine optimal child development for the 916,880 children aged 5 and under in Illinois (7.32% of the state’s population) and compares them to the Reach of publicly funded programs and services that support early childhood well-being. In 2022, the Early Childhood Leadership Academy (ECLA) enrolled a new cohort of Executive Fellows and engaged more than half of ECLA alumni in advancing policy proposals for change across Illinois. Erikson also launched the Decolonizing Language and Data training to widely share knowledge about the impact that words and data have on the people they are describing.

-Erikson has launched the Early Teaching and Learning Academy (the Academy), an intellectual and educational hub that integrates resources and expertise to focus services, research, and advocacy on teaching and learning from birth to eight. In partnership with Illinois State Board of Education’s Department of Early Childhood, the Academy is currently delivering a multi-dimensional professional development system of support to improve kindergarten readiness and bridge pre-k and kindergarten learning. The program will teach corollary practices, routines, and play-based activities that map to the state-mandated Kindergarten Individual Assessment Survey (KIDS) and help the State measure improvement over tim

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.06 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

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Average of 3.3 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

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Average of 21% over 10 years

Funding sources info

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Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $2,149,278 -$1,276,708 -$3,492,066 $8,226,356 -$811,910
As % of expenses 8.7% -5.1% -13.1% 32.5% -3.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $1,137,754 -$2,288,007 -$4,430,585 $7,392,642 -$1,624,372
As % of expenses 4.4% -8.7% -16.1% 28.2% -6.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $23,601,337 $26,247,769 $23,706,409 $33,099,799 $29,402,363
Total revenue, % change over prior year -25.8% 11.2% -9.7% 39.6% -11.2%
Program services revenue 34.9% 33.9% 44.4% 31.3% 30.2%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 2.8% 3.4% 2.8% 1.4% 2.6%
Government grants 29.3% 22.5% 25.2% 25.4% 15.5%
All other grants and contributions 26.4% 31.1% 25.0% 30.2% 29.6%
Other revenue 6.5% 9.0% 2.6% 11.6% 22.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $24,756,369 $25,217,785 $26,623,906 $25,336,046 $24,671,848
Total expenses, % change over prior year -0.6% 1.9% 5.6% -4.8% -2.6%
Personnel 64.8% 62.6% 63.5% 64.8% 65.0%
Professional fees 7.2% 8.6% 7.7% 9.5% 9.5%
Occupancy 2.7% 2.8% 3.0% 2.1% 2.6%
Interest 5.0% 6.4% 5.1% 4.6% 5.8%
Pass-through 10.6% 9.2% 11.0% 11.1% 8.6%
All other expenses 9.7% 10.4% 9.8% 7.9% 8.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $25,767,893 $26,229,084 $27,562,425 $26,169,760 $25,484,310
One month of savings $2,063,031 $2,101,482 $2,218,659 $2,111,337 $2,055,987
Debt principal payment $484,701 $4,984,700 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $815,975
Total full costs (estimated) $28,315,625 $33,315,266 $29,781,084 $28,281,097 $28,356,272

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 2.1 2.4 3.3 3.3 4.0
Months of cash and investments 26.5 24.6 22.9 31.2 30.1
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 8.3 7.1 4.7 8.4 7.9
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $4,287,278 $5,037,185 $7,417,866 $7,010,326 $8,285,501
Investments $50,473,999 $46,655,794 $43,407,953 $58,912,931 $53,539,898
Receivables $7,280,944 $6,027,318 $5,911,002 $6,971,129 $5,542,397
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $34,767,677 $34,900,685 $34,982,012 $35,047,562 $35,863,535
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 31.9% 34.7% 37.3% 39.6% 40.9%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 41.7% 40.8% 48.6% 36.5% 36.2%
Unrestricted net assets $17,119,125 $14,831,118 $10,400,533 $17,793,175 $16,168,803
Temporarily restricted net assets $13,141,061 $12,050,889 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $20,539,316 $21,539,316 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $33,680,377 $33,590,205 $9,115,331 $20,925,565 $18,659,249
Total net assets $50,799,502 $48,421,323 $41,055,180 $60,258,056 $56,917,368

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No Yes Yes Yes


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Dr. Mariana Souto-Manning PhD

Dr. Mariana Souto-Manning was named as Erikson Institute's fifth President in September 2021. Prior to her role at Erikson, Souto-Manning was the Professor of Early Childhood Education and Teacher Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. There, she also served as the Director of Early Childhood Education and the Director of Early Childhood Special Education Programs, and the Director of the Doctoral Program in Curriculum and Teaching. She is Vice President-elect for the American Educational Research Association Division K (Teaching and Teacher Education). She also holds academic appointments abroad at the University of Iceland and King’s College London. Prior to her career in higher education, Souto-Manning was a teacher in public preschools in Brazil and the United States. Souto-Manning has published 10 books, co-authored more than 75 peer-reviewed articles and received a number of distinguished research awards.

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 03/04/2024
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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/1/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/01/2024

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.


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