Policy Analyst, Child Care and Early Education

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) is a national, nonpartisan, anti-poverty organization advancing policy solutions that work for low-income people. We advocate for public policies and programs at the federal, state, and local levels that reduce poverty, improve the lives of poor people, and create ladders to economic security for all. Our solutions directly address the barriers that individuals and families face because of race, ethnicity, low income, and immigration status. At a time when crucial policies that support low-income people and core protections for the safety and economic security of immigrants and people of color are all at risk, this work is more important than ever.

CLASP seeks a Policy Analyst who will work as part of a team of advocates to elevate the needs of young children in low-income families and increase access to high-quality child care and early education for low-income children and families. Because early care and education are so crucial both to children’s life opportunities and parent’s work, the team focuses on promoting policies that support both child development and the needs of low-income working parents as well as expanding access to high-quality child care and early education. CLASP addresses racial, linguistic, cultural, immigrant status, and other barriers that prevent  low-income families from accessing early childhood services., In addition, the team brings its expertise in child development—including the importance of parents’ wellbeing and family economic stability—to public debates about policy toward immigrant families, health and mental health care for parents and children, and the stability and quality of low-wage work.

Job Responsibilities: The Policy Analyst will support the team’s advocacy for low-income people and people of color on a wide range of early childhood issues, including Head Start; child care and child care subsidy policies; two-generation state policies; maternal and child health; and the intersection of civil rights, immigrant rights, and early childhood. Specific responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • Analyzing state and federal child care and early education policies under guidance from senior team members;
  • Analyzing quantitative and qualitative data, as well as translating analyses into policy briefs for a non-technical audience;
  • Analyzing federal data sets for information on young children, including those related to disparities for low-income families of color and immigrant families, as well as translating data for policymakers and advocates;
  • Researching and writing high-quality reports, policy analyses, and issue briefs in substantive areas of work;
  • Writing commentaries and blog articles that address urgent policy issues, often by providing data or research to inform the debate;
  • Support Congressional advocacy through research, writing, editing, and/or data analysis (e.g., preparing Congressional briefings or testimony by senior CLASP officials);
  • Supporting high-quality technical assistance to state policymakers and advocates to assist them in improving their policies and practices;
  • Speaking to a wide variety of audiences, including national, state, and local policymakers, advocates, and practitioners in child care and early education; and
  • Actively participating in the child care and early education team as well as CLASP-wide activities (such as CLASP’s racial equity team, website redesign team, and others).

Requirements: This position requires excellent written and oral communications and policy analysis skills, including the ability to complete extensive quantitative analysis specific to public policy. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to work on multiple detail-oriented tasks, often on a time-sensitive basis, and to prioritize these assignments. Candidates must be able to work autonomously and function as part of a team. Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, including Excel and Power Point, is required.

This position requires a Master’s degree in public policy, education, or a related field; demonstrated interest in low-income policy issues; and a commitment to CLASP’s mission, including reducing poverty and promoting racial equity. At least two years of work experience related to child development and/or the child care and early education policy area is preferred but not required. Demonstrated interest in the circumstances of immigrant families and/or children of color is also strongly preferred.

This is a full-time position based in Washington, D.C.

Salary:  Salary is commensurate with experience. CLASP offers very good benefits, including health insurance, dental insurance, life and long-term disability insurance, long-term care insurance, a 403(b) retirement program, flexible spending accounts, and generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules.

Application:  Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to jobs4@clasp.org  

Subject: Child Care and Early Education Policy Analyst. 

Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. Due to the high volume of applications, we cannot respond individually to every applicant. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

The Center for Law and Social Policy is an equal-opportunity employer and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

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