Laura Bornfreund

Director, Early & Elementary Education and Co-Director, Family-Centered Social Policy

Laura Bornfreund is director of early & elementary education policy with the Education Policy program at New America. She leads a team of writers and analysts working on new ideas for improving children’s birth-through-third grade learning experiences. Bornfreund has authored the reports “An Ocean of Unknowns: Using Student Achievement Data to Evaluate PreK-3rd Grade Teachers," "Getting in Sync: Revamping Licensing and Preparation for Teachers in Pre-K, Kindergarten, and the Early Grades," and was lead author on the reports, “From Crawling to Walking: Ranking States on Birth-3rd Grade Policies that Support Strong Readers” and “Beyond subprime Learning: Accelerating Progress in Early Education.” Before joining New America, she worked with several policy organizations in Washington, D.C., including the Institute for Educational Leadership, The Forum for Education and Democracy, and Common Core (now known as Great Minds).

Previously, Bornfreund worked for the City of Orlando, helping to implement its Parramore Kidz Zone, an initiative modeled on the Harlem Children's Zone. She began her career as a fourth grade teacher in Orlando, Fla. Bornfreund holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Central Florida. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and daughter.

All Work

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Podcast: Infant and Toddler Guidelines in Massachusetts

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Many Missing Pieces

A new issue brief from New America's Early Education Initiative sheds light on what's missing as states build data systems to analyze childr


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Many Missing Pieces: New Brief on Connecting Early Childhood Data to School-Based Systems

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About i3 Validation and Development 'Early Learning' Grantees, Part 1

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BAM Radio: Reconciling Conflicts Between Elementary School and Early Childhood Professionals

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Standards, Assessments and Readiness—Oh My! (Part 2)

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Standards, Assessments and Readiness—Oh My! (Part 1)

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What’s the Status of Full-Day Kindergarten in Your Community?

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Inconsistencies in Scores for i3’s Early Learning Winners

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Parsing the i3 Projects with a Focus on Early Learning

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A Look At Proposed Federal FY 2011 Funding for Early Education: Part 2