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

Signs of a Bright Future for Georgia’s Pre-K Students

The most recent analysis of Georgia’s pre-K program shows gains persist through first grade.

How to Show Appreciation This Principals Month? Empower Them to Lead Our Youngest Learners

October is National Principals Month and it’s an opportunity to acknowledge the hard work of these too often overlooked professionals.

When Playing is Learning: What Pre-K Looks Like at KIPP

A recent study found promising results for KIPP pre-K students. We visited KIPP DC to see for ourselves.

Ambitious Bill Aims to Solve Child Care Crisis

Under this bill, no family earning less than 150% of the state median income would pay more than 7% of their income on child care.

As Consensus Around Pre-K Grows, Access Still Lags

Abbie Lieberman joined WNYC to speak about basic access to pre-kindergarten.

Which States are Leading on Early Childhood Leaders?

The L.E.A.D. Clearinghouse gives a snapshot of the current landscape for center directors, principals, and family child care providers.

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

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.

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.

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.