Senior Policy Analyst, Child Care and Early Education
Washington, DC Salary Ranges Below


The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) is a national, nonpartisan, anti-poverty organization advancing policy solutions that work for people with low incomes and people of color. We advocate for public policies and programs at the federal, state, and local levels that reduce poverty, improve the lives of people with low incomes, and advance racial and economic justice. Our solutions directly address the barriers that individuals and families face because of race, ethnicity, low income, and immigration status. 

For more than 50 years, we have kept our vision alive through trusted expertise on policy and strategy, knowledgeable and committed staff, partnerships with directly impacted people and grassroots leaders, and approaches to economic and racial justice that are bold, innovative, and inclusive. 

Within our broad anti-poverty mission, CLASP is organized around five policy teams: Child Care and Early Education; Education, Labor & Worker Justice; Income and Work Supports; Immigration and Immigrant Families; and Youth Policy.  

CLASP Values for Racial Equity 

We understand that inclusion is only the first step toward fostering sustainable racial equity, in our society and within our organizational culture. At CLASP, we value the importance of including multiple perspectives in how we shape our organizational culture and engage in our policy and advocacy efforts. And we know that to move beyond inclusion and to achieve true racial equity, we must be intentional in centering and prioritizing the voices, perspectives, and lived experiences of people of color. 



CLASP seeks Two Senior Policy Analysts who will work on a team of advocates to increase access to high-quality child care and early education for children and families with low incomes. Because early care and education is so crucial both to children’s and parents’ life opportunities, the team focuses on promoting policies that support both child development and the needs of their parents or caregivers. CLASP’s work focuses on solutions to the particular challenges children and families with low incomes face in accessing the quality child care and early education opportunities of their choosing and addressing barriers they face related to race, language, culture, and immigration status. 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 related to immigration, health and wellbeing, and the stability and quality of jobs paying low wages. We seek to understand and address the history of racism in the child care and early education system, dismantle racist policies resulting from that history, and address the implications this has on young children of color and their families.  

Job Responsibilities: 

The Senior Policy Analyst will support the team’s effective advocacy for people with low incomes and people of color on a wide range of early childhood issues, including infant and toddler wellbeing; child care and subsidy policies; Head Start and Early Head Start; two-generation policies; and the intersection of civil rights, racial justice, immigrant rights, and early childhood. Specific responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Leading state engagement and implementation strategies related to key policy areas outlined above including through, for example, working with state administrators, state agencies, and state advocacy organizations on implementation, draft legislation, state policy priorities; 
  • Building relationships with state administrators, state agency staff, and other state and federal partners and stakeholders to help advance our policy agenda;  
  • Analyzing, through collaborations across the team, interactions between state and federal child care and early education policies; 
  • Establishing and maintaining, with others on the team, a strong federal-state feedback loop on policies and issues for young children and their families, including learning and sharing about the unique needs families with low incomes, families of color, and immigrant families, as well as conveying information to policymakers and advocates; 
  • Researching and writing high-quality reports, policy analyses, and issue briefs in substantive areas of work; 
  • Assisting on occasion with responding to media inquiries on relevant issues; 
  • Supporting the provision of high-quality technical assistance to state policymakers and advocates to assist   them in improving their policies and practices; 
  • Writing commentaries and blogs that address urgent policy issues, often by providing data or research to inform the debate; and 
  • Actively participating in the Child Care and Early Education team and CLASP-wide activities (such as CLASP’s racial equity working group and others). 


The successful candidate will have a passion for driving change on behalf of families with low incomes and people in communities of color and the commitment, skills, and experience to work with an extraordinary team to make that change happen. 

  • Demonstrated commitment to CLASP’s mission of reducing poverty, addressing racial equity, and improving the lives of people with low incomes. 
  • Commitment to understanding the structural implications of income, racial, and ethnic inequities on   communities, families, and individuals and to promoting equity through policymaking. 
  • Substantive knowledge and expertise in one or more of the Child Care and Early Education team’s areas of focus acquired through policy advocacy, research, administration, implementation, or direct-service experience. 
  • Experience working with or for members of the administration, or on the state -level on implementation of child care and early education or related programs or advocacy on the topics.  
  • Strong knowledge of state systems and implementation of federal programs at the state or local level.  
  • Demonstrated capacity to set priorities; work on multiple complex and detail-oriented projects, often on a time-sensitive basis; and work effectively both individually and as part of a team. 
  • Strong policy analysis skills, including the capacity to understand complex legislative and regulatory provisions and processes, as well as assess the political and budgetary context and policy options. 
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills with the ability to effectively, persuasively, and creatively synthesize policy priorities for policymakers, advocates, journalists, and the general public. 
  • Proficiency with technology, including Microsoft Office, Excel, and Power Point is required.  
  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 7 years related experience or a master’s degree, or other advanced degree and 5 years related experience. 
  • Ability and willingness to travel occasionally (estimated at 10% of the time) when safe to do so.  
  • Candidate must be based in Washington, D.C. (short-term hybrid schedule available


We have a mandatory vaccine policy as a condition of employment (applicable accommodations apply). 


  • 7 years of relevant experience are typically offered between $76,000 - $89,000 
  • 9 years of relevant experience are typically offered between $89,000 – $102,000 
  • 11 or more years of relevant experience are typically offered between $102,000 - $110,000 

(A related advance degree may be substituted for two years of experience) 

Salary is commensurate with experience. CLASP offers exceptional benefits, including several health insurances options; dental and vision insurance; life and long-term disability insurance; long-term care insurance; a 403(b)-retirement program and Roth accounts; flexible spending accounts; employee assistance program, free access to an on-site gym; and generous vacation, paid sick leave, paid family and medical leave, and holiday schedules. 


Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE. 

CLASP is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.