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.

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Reflections on 2014 from New America's PreK-12 Ed Policy Team

Some highlights in the world of education policy from 2014.

Partnering to Reach Our Youngest Learners

Over $400 million in federal grants will fund Early Head Start Expansion and Child Care Partnerships.

Over 30,000 Children to Benefit from Preschool Development Grants

The 18 winning states, selected among 36 applicants, plan to reach about 33,000 children in over 200 high-need communities.

What’s the Secret Sauce for an Effective Head Start Program?

A recent report uncovers specific factors that might explain many of the disparities between Head Start programs across the country.

What the Midterms Mean for Early Childhood Education

The 2014 midterm election results are in. So what might unified Republican control of both chambers mean for early childhood education?

Strong Bipartisan Support for Preschool Development and Expansion Grants

Last Friday marked the deadline to submit applications for the federal government's new Preschool Development Grant competition.

How Unpredictable Schedules Take a Toll on Families

Working families face challenges each day to balance their careers with the responsibilities of parenthood.

Reaching the Most Vulnerable Children: A Look at Child Homelessness

The statistics on child homelessness in the United States are nothing short of alarming.

School Year Begins, States Enhance PreK-3rd Continuum with Race to the Top Funds

So what exactly does a "perfect 10" look like when it comes to PreK-3rd approaches? We dove into Michigan's application to find out.

New SIG Regulations Ramp up Focus on Early Education

The Education Department's recently proposed changes to the SIG program reinforce the administration's commitment to early education.

The Third Rail: Funding Reform for Early Learning Programs

There's not enough money to go around.

The Results Are In: Head Start Re-Competition, Round Two

So, how did the 122 providers competing for their grants fare in the DRS this year?