Abbie Lieberman

Clinton’s Plan to Make Child Care Better and More Affordable

Hillary Clinton has a strong record of supporting young children and their families, dating back to the beginning of her career. Out of law school, she worked as a staff attorney for the Children’s Defense Fund. As First Lady of Arkansas she brought the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) program to the… Read more »

Minnesota’s QRIS is Effectively Measuring Pre-K Quality- Sometimes

Over the last few years, almost all states have been developing or expanding their Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS), monitoring tools that evaluate the quality of child care and early education programs. These tools have multiple purposes. Primarily they are used to assess the quality of programs and to help those programs improve their… Read more »

Tennessee Isn’t Giving Up on Pre-K

Last fall, researchers at Vanderbilt University released the results of a years-long study on the impact of Tennessee’s Voluntary Pre-K Program (VPK). This randomized control trial found that by third grade, some children who had participated in the program were performing worse on multiple academic measures than their peers who didn’t participate. This study sparked… Read more »

More Stable Funding Can Help Improve Quality in Child Care

Federal child care subsidies play a crucial role in the lives of low-income families, greatly improving access to care so that parents can work and attend school. For thousands of Americans with young children, child care costs hover at or near the top of their expenses. In about half of states, child care is more… Read more »

The Case for Better Data in Head Start

More Americans, including policymakers, are realizing the value of early education. Yet Head Start, the nation’s largest early education program, continues to come under scrutiny. Since the Head Start Impact Study found that on average the measureable school readiness benefits of Head Start were no longer discernable in early elementary school, some policymakers have questioned… Read more »