Check out Elliot Haspel and Dr. Dorian Traube's conversation on the childcare crisis here.
Early childhood and K-12 education expert, Elliot Haspel, began his career in Arizona as a fourth grade public school teacher through the Teach for America Program after graduating from The University of Virginia. While teaching, he built on his passion for creating equitable opportunities for all children and became interested in the neuroscience path of child development, poverty, and the early childhood era. Haspel noticed that a child’s academic success might depend on what happens before the child even steps into a school building. These insights motivated Haspel to earn a Master’s in Education Policy Management from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.
From there, Elliot worked for numerous education policy and advocacy organizations. Hewas selected to be an Education Advocacy Fellow for the nonprofit 50CAN and a Fellow for the New Leaders Council. He also went on to co-found the nonprofit Education Success Network and serve as the Policy Analyst for the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation for 2016-2018. Following that role, Haspel published his book “Crawling Behind: America’s Childcare Crisis and How to Fix It” in which he focused on advancing the conversation surrounding the cost of childcare and challenges that early childcare practitioners face. Currently, Haspel works as the Program Officer for Education Policy and Research at the Robins Foundation. In his February brown bag talk, he will use his expertise in early childhood care and education policy to hold a moderated Q&A with Dr. Traube that will discuss what the pandemic has revealed about childcare and how to move forward.
Throughout his notable career, Haspel has noticed that our American education system creates a large division between the ages of 0-5 and 5-15. This division has led to huge policy implications, especially in terms of funding that the U.S. allocates for early childhood education, for which the U.S. has the third lowest funding. Through his writing and policy work, Haspel aims to focus on families rather than just the children as the units of change and bring greater attention to the early childhood field. Looking forward, Haspel hopes to study family support systems in other countries such as Finland, New Zealand, or Australia in order to discover how the U.S. can transform its early childhood care and family systems.