Abbie Lieberman

Policy Analyst, Education Policy Program

Abbie Lieberman is a policy analyst on the Early & Elementary Education Policy team at New America, where she provides research and analysis on policies that impact children from birth through third grade. She has been the lead author on multiple policy papers, including: A Tale of Two Pre-K Leaders: How State Policies for Center Directors and Principals Leading Pre-K Programs Differ, and Why They Shouldn’t (2017)Building Strong Readers in Minnesota: PreK-3rd Grade Policies That Support Children's Literacy Development (2015), and Slowly but Surely: How Indiana is Building a Pre-K Program (2016). Her writing has appeared in SlateThe Hechinger Report, The Washington Monthly, Real Clear Education, and Pacific Standard

Prior to joining New America, she interned on the legislative affairs team at Education Trust and at the U.S. Department of Education working on the 2013 Race to the Top District competition. Lieberman graduated from University of California, Davis with a bachelor's degree in sociology and political science. She also holds a master's degree in public policy from Georgetown University.

All Work

Lieberman: ESSA Allows States to Focus on Often Overlooked Pre-K Ed Players — School Principals

Abbie Lieberman wrote for The 74 about how ESSA Title II funds can be used to train elementary school principals to be pre-K leaders.

Even With More Research, Many Q’s Remain about QRIS

Measuring Pre-K Access and Quality with New and Improved Benchmarks

The National Institute for Early Education Research released The State of Preschool 2016, an annual report on pre-K access and quality.

Running a Pre-K Program Is Hard. So Why Do Some States Require Almost No Qualifications?

Abbie Lieberman and Laura Bornfreund wrote an article for Slate about state-level standards and requirements for preschool programs.

A Tale of Two Pre-K Leaders

A 50-state scan reveals child care directors are consistently held to lower standards than elementary school principals.

Pre-K Leader Policy Scan

How state policies for center directors and principals leading pre-K programs differ, and why they shouldn’t.

Out Today: A Tale of Two Pre-K Leaders

New America’s state-by-state comparison looks at leader preparation requirements, professional development, and compensation.

If We Care About Early Learning, We Cannot Ignore Teacher Well-Being

This is more than a summer job or minimum wage job, and it is time for policymakers to treat it as such.

This Trump Budget Cut Stands to Reduce Young Learners’ Odds of Escaping Poverty

Abbie Lieberman and Laura Bornfreund explain how the President's budget proposal could negatively affect school-principal quality.

Implications for PreK-12 Education in Trump’s "America First" Budget

The broad priorities for PreK-12 education center around school choice.

Better Compensation: A Necessary Component for a Strong Head Start Workforce

Increasing education requirements in the ECE field, combined with low wages, can make maintaining a high-quality workforce challenging.

If We're Serious About Early Learning, Here's How It Should Look

Early care and education is infrastructure—building it will take real investment, not just tax credits and deductions.