Policy Analyst - Child Care and Early Education Team

November 01, 2010

January 2011 

CLASP is a national non-profit public policy organization that seeks to improve the lives of low-income people. CLASP develops and advocates for federal, state and local policies to strengthen families and create pathways to education and work. The Policy Analyst will work with a team of policy experts in child care and early education.  The team's work focuses on promoting policies that support both child development and the needs of low-income working parents, and on expanding the availability of resources for high quality child care and early education initiatives.  CLASP analyzes federal and state policies, and produces materials designed to explain the meaning and implications for policymakers, state and local officials, community organizations and service providers.  CLASP also assesses research on the effectiveness of various policies and programs and translates research findings into non-technical terms that can be understood by a broader audience.  In addition, CLASP seeks to inform debate at the national level on these issues.

Job Responsibilities: The Policy Analyst will work on child care and early education issues with senior CLASP staff. Topic areas will focus on CLASP's work in promoting integrated birth to five early education efforts, analyzing federal Head Start data, identifying and analyzing state policies in support of infants and toddlers, developing web-based resources, and supporting the overall work of the child care and early education team.  Duties will include:

  • Developing spreadsheets and analyzing federal Head Start data, and translating these analyses into findings and policy briefs for a non-technical audience;
  • Analyzing federal data sets for information on young children and translating data for policymakers and advocates;
  • Conducting quantitative and other analyses of federal legislation and its impact on families, children, and states,
  • Coordinating CLASP research projects, including synthesis of available relevant research and quantitative data, and conducting and analyzing surveys on state policies;
  • Providing technical assistance to state policymakers and organizations and developing technical assistance tools for use by state policymakers;
  • Speaking to a wide variety of audiences, including national, state and local policymakers and practitioners in child care and early education
  • Writing brief analyses of research and state and federal policy developments for CLASP's website.

Requirements: This position requires excellent writing and oral communications skills, as well as the ability to complete extensive quantitative analysis specific to public policy.  Candidates should have the ability to work as an independent leader and as part of a team.  Excellent policy analysis skills and the ability to present technical information to a non-technical audience are also required. Candidates should be familiar with early education research and research methods, and have a working knowledge of statistics and databases. This position requires a relevant Master's degree in public policy, education (preferably with a focus on early education), or a related field, or a law degree.  At least two to three years of work experience related to the child care and early education substantive policy area is preferred. Candidates must also be willing to travel.

Salary: Commensurate with experience, excellent benefits, including health insurance,  life and long-term disability insurance, a 403(b) retirement program, flexible spending accounts and generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules.

Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and 3 references to:            

Child Care and Early Education Policy Analyst Position

Center for Law and Social Policy

1200 18th Street NW Suite 200

Washington, DC 20036


Incomplete application packages will not be accepted.

The Center for Law and Social Policy is an equal opportunity employer.  Minorities and women are particularly encouraged to apply. Resumes will be accepted until positions are filled.

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