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

Report Surveys States on Key Indicators of K-3 Quality

A new report from Education Commission of the States compares the 50 states on K-3 quality.

A Labor of Love (Not Money): How the Child Care Non-System Hurts its Own Workers

Early Care and Education Workers’ wages are so low that almost half of them are on public assistance.

New Report Finds Room for Improvement in Pre-K Teacher Prep

A new report finds that many pre-K teachers earning a bachelor’s degree arrive in the classroom poorly equipped to educate young children.

Good Teachers Are Important, But They Aren't Enough

As former teacher and present policy writer Laura Bornfreund learned standing in front of her fourth grade class.

Designed to Thrive

The Family-Centered Social Policy initiative believes it is time to step back and re-design the way policy is made from its inception.

Principal's Corner

Until recently, principals have been largely overlooked, with most education policy attention focused on improving teacher quality.

Out Today: Principals’ Perspectives on Teaching and Learning in PreK-3rd

Most models are geared towards building strong teachers, but until recently principals have been left out of the conversation.

3 Facts and 3 Challenges to Keep in Mind about Pre-K This Election Season

As the election season heats up, here are 3 facts and 3 challenges about pre-K that could help to avoid myths and misunderstandings.

Setting Priorities in 2016

In 2016, what should candidates be saying about early childhood education, and what should be the priorities for our youngest learners?

What Candidates Should be Talking about in 2016: Six Ideas from New America

Americans should know where candidates stand on the following six issues before they cast their votes.

Laura Bornfreund: W.Va. does well in childhood literacy

West Virginia, there’s good news and there’s bad news.

Laura Bornfreund: How early literacy programs can head north

What do New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Rhode Island have in common?