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

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.

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.

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.

Pre-K Leader Policy Scan

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

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.