Erika Christakis

I am an early childhood educator whose professional life is rooted at the intersection of schools, families, and communities. Currently a Lecturer at the Yale Child Study Center, my work focuses on curriculum development and training for early childhood teachers.

I began my career in the public health field and have worked as a teacher, preschool director, and educational consultant. I was also a regular contributor to for two years, and my work on the developmental needs of children and young people, and other topics, has also been feautured on Nightline,, The Huffington Post, and in the Financial Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, and WBUR’s Cognoscenti magazine.

I really enjoy student life; before coming to Yale, I served for four years as Co-Master (with my husband, Nicholas Christakis) of one of Harvard’s 12 undergraduate residential “houses.” A graduate of Harvard College, I have a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University, a M.A. in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University. I am a Massachusetts-licensed teacher (pre-K through 2nd grade) and hold Director certification from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

If you are interested in talking about education or young children, or just want to chat about non-linear career paths and popular culture, I can be reached at or