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 two New America policy papers: 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 The 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

EDUCATION POLICY
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.


EDUCATION POLICY
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.


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

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


EDUCATION POLICY
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.


EDUCATION POLICY
Academics vs. Play: The False Dilemma That Some Principals Face

Abbie Lieberman and Shayna Cook wrote a blog post for NAEYC regarding the connection between children’s play and learning.


EDUCATION POLICY
2017 State Pre-K Funding? Outlook Hazy

Gubernatorial budget proposals offer some insight into early education priorities at the state level.


EDUCATION POLICY and FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
DeVos and Price Hearings Leave Us With More Questions on Early Ed

EDUCATION POLICY
What “Transforming the Workforce” Says About Leaders

EDUCATION POLICY
What Does Head Start Look Like in Your State?

A New Report Reveals Just How Misleading National-Level Statistics Can Be


EDUCATION POLICY and FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
It Takes a District: DC's Strategy for Improving Child Care Quality

EDUCATION POLICY and FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
What do DeVos and Price Picks Mean for Early Ed?

The future of early learning under the incoming Trump administration remains opaque.