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

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.


EDUCATION POLICY
Preschool Development Grants: Where Do They Go From Here?

Another round of Preschool Development Grant (PDG) funding was announced for the 18 states that were first awarded grants three years ago.


EDUCATION POLICY
Why Pre-K and the Early Grades are Different

This brief looks at three components of teacher evaluations and how they are being used in the early grades.


2017 May be Indiana’s Year for Pre-K

With the expansion of the pre-K pilot program, 2017 is still likely to bring good news for Indiana students—regardless of the scope.


EDUCATION POLICY
There’s A Lot We Can Learn From Pre-K in Tennessee