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This is a collection of job openings relevant to early learning policy.


Supervisory Policy Specialist, Division of Early Learning at the Office of the State Superintendent of Education

This position supports DEL leadership and programmatic staff in the development and implementation of regulations, policies and guidance that comply with federal and local legislative and regulatory requirements and support the DEL’s strategic goals to improve access, quality, affordability and outcomes of early learning services in the District of Columbia. This position reports to the Assistant Superintendent for Early Learning and works closely with managers and subject matter experts across all DEL units, as well as other OSSE divisions.


Operations Associate at MDRC Family and Children's Policy Area

MDRC’s Families and Children Policy Area is hiring an Operations Associate to focus on strategy and outreach! This is a unique opportunity to build strategic collaborations and implement programs in the early childhood and K-12 fields, working at the intersection of practice, policy, and research. This role focuses on strategy and outreach, and covers a range of possible activities within MDRC’s national and state-level early care and education and pre-K work, including collaborating with states, districts, and educational institutions to build the evidence base around strategies for improving children’s learning and development in early care and education, strengthening data-informed insights to inform program improvement to support equitable early learning for young children, measurement development, qualitative and quantitative analysis, project development, and dissemination.


Research Assistant at The Herr Research Center at Erikson Institute

The Herr Research Center at Erikson Institute in Chicago is seeking a Research Assistant (RA) to support research studies on family child care. The RA will be responsible for performing research, administrative, and project coordination duties on a variety of research studies related to the implementation of policies and supports that meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse home-based child care educators, children, and families. This 80% FTE position is expected to run through March 2024 with possibility of extension and/or transition to a full-time position.


Assistant Research Professor in Policy Evaluation for the Children's Equity Project

The Children’s Equity Project (CEP) in the School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University is seeking an assistant research professor for policy evaluation. This is a full-time, fiscal-year, benefits-eligible appointment with no tenure implications. The successful candidate will have an unwavering commitment to equity, and professional interests and experiences that reflect the goals and mission of the CEP. They will have deep expertise in early childhood systems and K-12 education policy. The individual will demonstrate knowledge in the intersections between inequities across child serving systems and how they impact children from historically marginalized communities. The individual should have a strong understanding of local, state, and federal policy as it relates to young children. The individual will have a strong grounding in developmental science, advanced training in research methods and data analysis, and experience with program and policy evaluation.


Research Specialist at University of Virginia

EdPolicyWorks at the University of Virginia seeks applicants for one or more Research Specialists to work with education policy faculty on large-scale early childhood and K-12 studies.

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Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center Job Openings

The Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center aims to be the go-to resource for actionable evidence for state policy leaders as they develop and implement the most effective policies that ensure children get off to a strong start and thrive. We seek an energetic and experienced person to provide data management and analysis expertise and leadership to a team of research associates responsible for collecting and analyzing data to support work products, track data updates, and promote the use of data internally and to external partners.


Alliance for Early Success Careers

The Alliance for Early Success is a national nonprofit that works with early childhood policy advocates at the state level to ensure that every child, birth through eight, has an equal opportunity to learn, grow, and succeed.


Learning Policy Institute Careers

The Learning Policy Institute conducts and communicates independent, high-quality research to improve education policy and practice. Working with policymakers, researchers, educators, community groups, and others, the Institute seeks to advance evidence-based policies that support empowering and equitable learning for each and every child. Nonprofit and nonpartisan, the Institute connects policymakers and stakeholders at the local, state, and federal levels with the evidence, ideas, and actions needed to strengthen the education system from preschool through college and career readiness.

Internships, Fellowships, and Post-Docs

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Fellowship at Pathwaves WA

Pathwaves WA Accepting Fellowship Applications!  Pathwaves WA (formerly the WA Early Childhood Policy Fellowship) is now accepting applications for its inaugural cohort of Fellows! Our mission at Pathwaves WA is to transform early childhood systems so that every child and their community thrives. Our Fellowship is an employment-based Fellowship opportunity for leaders of color to build leadership skills, expand their knowledge of early childhood policy, and develop policy solutions using antiracist approaches. Learn more here:


Collaboration Fellow at Research-to-Policy

This opportunity allows junior scholars to gain hands-on experience with practicing and/or studying the cutting-edge of research translation for policy audiences. Trainees join the team as interns, becoming involved in at least one project. After interning for at least 150 hours, interns are promoted to fellows and given the opportunity to participate in a broader array of activities and may take on leadership positions relative to interns. Our trainee program is entirely remote, with meetings through Zoom and tasks discussed via project management software and Slack. If you reside in the DC area, however, there may be opportunities to attend in-person meetings with federal staffers, as public health guidelines allow. Trainees generally join one of two teams: Policy/Implementation or Evaluation/Data (see descriptions below). Opportunities to either join both teams simultaneously or switch between them may be available based on trainees’ skills and goals. When applying, applicants will be asked to indicate which team(s) they would like to join.


Policy Research Fellow at Bezo's Academy

Bezos Academy is seeking a short-term Policy Research Fellow. This is an exciting opportunity for a current or recent graduate student to deepen their knowledge of early childhood education policy and practice while also informing strategic decisions at our rapidly growing, national network of Montessori Inspired preschools. As our Policy Research Fellow, you will help us catalog and analyze early childhood education policy across the fifty states. Research topics will include state child care subsidy and eligibility policies, quality rating requirements, and approved/required early childhood assessments. In addition, you will have the opportunity to meet with leaders across Bezos Academy to learn about the different facets of launching and operating a national network of preschools.


ECE Postdoc Positions at University of Virginia

The School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia seeks applicants for several full-time Postdoctoral Research Associates with strong interests in early childhood education. The postdoctoral research associate will work closely with Dr. Daphna Bassok and/or Dr. Amanda Williford on large-scale projects related to early childhood education policy and practice typically embedded in partnerships with policymakers and practitioners. They will join and contribute to a large and vibrant community of researchers working on early childhood education research, and a broader community focused on developmental science and policy research. Postdoctoral research associates will become part of a network of post-doctoral trainees at the school, interacting with other post-docs working in research centers including the Center for the Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL), EdPolicyWorks, and Youth-Nex.


Research Intern (Income and Benefits Policy Center)

The CCDF Policies Database and Welfare Rules Database teams at the Urban Institute are looking for interns for summer 2022. Applicants should be graduate students with an interest in CCDF, TANF, or other social policies or safety net programs. Please feel free to pass the posting along to your networks along with my contact information ( for any questions.


The Children's Equity Project (CEP): Start with Equity-Fellowship Program (closed for 2022 - check back in Fall for 2023 deadlines)

With funding from the Heising Simons Foundation, the Children’s Equity Project (CEP) is proud to offer the Start with Equity Fellowship, a 1-year fellowship program to prepare the next generation of changemakers in early childhood policy and research. The fellowship is for advanced masters-level or doctoral students, postdoctoral scholars, and early career professionals. The Start with Equity Fellows will work with CEP network members (and their mentors at their current institution, if appropriate) to conduct, review, and translate cutting-edge equity research that is applicable to early childhood education and informs state and national policy. As part of the year-long fellowship, Fellows will serve as summer interns at a policymaking organization in Washington D.C. (COVID-permitting), or remotely, to develop a better understanding of how research becomes policy.

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