Research Assistant, Early Childhood Policy

  • Reports to: Associate Director, Early Childhood Policy
  • Staff reporting to this position: None
  • Department: Early Childhood Policy
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time


American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Assistant to conduct research and analysis on early childhood policy and to provide administrative support to the Early Childhood Policy team. Research will include analysis of policies at the federal, state, and local levels that impact children from birth through 5 years old, such as child care, Head Start, home visiting, and preschool.


  • Conduct original research and literature reviews on early childhood issues.
  • Perform basic analysis of early childhood policies and data.
  • Research and track early childhood legislation and policy proposals.
  • Assist with preparation and dissemination of reports, issue briefs, columns, infographics, and other early childhood products.
  • Provide operational support to the Early Childhood Policy team, assisting with scheduling, and reporting as well as coordination and planning of meetings and events.
  • Develop and maintain expertise in early childhood policy.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • 1-2 years of professional experience in policy, advocacy, or related field.
  • Strong quantitative research skills and experience with data analysis.
  • Strong interest in developing expertise in early childhood policy analysis and advocacy.
  • Exceptional writing skills and the ability to translate complex topics into easily digestible formats, including reports, memos, and opinion pieces.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • Ability to multitask and work independently to meet established deadlines.
  • Ability to work well within a team in a fast-paced environment.

American Progress provides a competitive compensation and benefits package.

American Progress is an equal opportunity employer; women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

To apply

E-mail your Word resume and cover letter attachments to:

Or you may write to: Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, D.C., 20005.

In your correspondence, please reference the exact title and department of the job you are applying for in the subject line. This announcement will remain posted until the position is filled. No phone calls, please.

Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses from American Progress.

Thank you for your interest in American Progress.

Additional information

American Progress operates two separate nonprofit organizations to maximize the progressive agenda: the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “American Progress.” The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) tax-exempt research and educational institute. It undertakes research, public education and a limited amount of lobbying. The Center for American Progress Action Fund is a nonpartisan 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization dedicated to achieving progress through action. It works to transform progressive ideas into policy through rapid-response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing, political advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders. The organizations share office space and employees.

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