"We cannot allow systemic, structural racial and economic injustices to disrupt the healthy development of children and families of color. If you say it takes a village to raise a child, then it also takes culturally relevant and equitable policies to support that same child."
Ruth Cosse is a policy analyst on the child care and early education team. Prior to CLASP, she completed her master’s degree in education and social policy at New York University. Ms. Cosse’s quantitative capstone focused on the effects of teacher perception of instructional rigor on K-12 public school racial integration and included proposed policy recommendations to help foster educational and racial equity.
While working towards her master’s, she served as a writing and research intern at Eskolta, School Research and Design, Inc., a NYC based nonprofit that seeks to help urban public schools re-engage at risk students. She has also worked with young children and interned at variety of social organizations, such as the Urban League, Catholic Charities, and Ronald McDonald House Charities, where she participated in research, writing, advocacy, and teaching low-income people of color. Ms. Cosse has a passion for advocating for low-income children of color and addressing the systemic barriers that impact early development. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a minor in education studies, from Spelman College.