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Are you committed to improving outcomes for kids birth through eight? 

Policy is crucial to scaling the solutions that improve outcomes for children — and that means kids in every state need relentless people who are passionate about making these policies reality. Here are some opportunities for people pursuing an early childhood policy career.

Openings at the Alliance:

The Alliance has no current openings.

Openings in Other Early Childhood Organizations:

Our allies in both state and national organizations often share their early childhood policy openings with us, and we routinely post them here and on LinkedIn. Take a look at the the latest ones here, and follow us on LinkedIn so you don’t miss the perfect fit. 

Executive Director
1/30/2024 - Cross Cultural Family Center

The Cross Cultural Family Center seeks a visionary, relationship-oriented, and equity-focused Executive Director to collaboratively lead our dedicated, family-centered team. The Executive Director will provide overall leadership in the planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of all departments while overseeing governance, directly supervising department heads, and supporting organizational development. In addition, the Executive Director will represent the agency in local, regional, state, and national communities, promoting organizational and field innovations. This is an exciting time to helm an organization with a legacy of high-quality programming; sound financials; excellent staff; close partnership with teachers and families; deep commitment to and understanding of diverse cultural backgrounds; and a strong platform for future growth through broadening our awareness, reach, and impact.


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Executive Director
1/29/2024 - Maine Children's Alliance

Maine Children’s Alliance (MCA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to its mission to advocate for sound public policies and best practices that improve the lives of all Maine children, youth, and families. The organization’s vision is that all Maine children are safe, healthy, nurtured by family and community, and have the opportunity to learn and grow to reach their full potential. For 30 years, MCA has been a consistent and effective presence in Augusta to advance the interests of children and families including policy related to early childhood care and education, child health and welfare, and family economic security.

MCA maintains data on indicators of child well-being on the KIDS COUNT Data Center and publishes the Maine Data Book. MCA is committed to incorporating race equity in its work and values elevating parent voice in advocacy. See

MCA seeks a dynamic, creative, experienced leader to be the next executive director (ED). Building on a strong foundation of organizational resources and expertise, the ED leads the team to advance the mission of MCA. In partnership with the Board of Directors, the ED provides vision and leadership consistent with the organization’s strategic plan, policies, and by-laws.

The preferred candidate is dedicated to MCA’s commitment to center equity and anti-racism into all aspects of its work. The candidate understands the issues faced by children and families in a way that deepens and authenticates MCA’s work across the state of Maine. The person is also an experienced manager who is empathic, creative, and flexible. They are easily able to build relationships within and beyond the organization with staff, stakeholders, and the community-at-large. They are excited to lead MCA through its next phase of work for Maine’s children and families.

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Research Coordinator, Connecticut Project
1/29/2024 - TMW Center for Early Learning and Public Health at the University of Chicago

The TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health (TMW Center) develops science-based interventions, tools, and technologies to help parents and caregivers interact with young children in ways that maximize brain development. A rich language environment is critical to healthy brain development, however few tools exist to measure the quality or quantity of these environments. Access to this type of data allows caregivers to enhance interactions in real-time and gives policy-makers insight in how to best build policies that have a population-level impact.

The Research Coordinator will report to the Senior Project Manager and shall provide on-the-ground coordination, implementation, and research support. The Research Coordinator will work closely with Connecticut-based infant and toddler childcare providers and TMW Center research and curriculum staff. The Research Coordinator shall be responsible for recruiting and consenting study participants, providing regular implementation and technical support to study participants, data collection, and operational and logistical coordination of various study activities.

As a primary on-the-ground point of contact for study participants, the Research Coordinator shall build positive relationships with childcare centers, classroom teachers, families and OEC staff to ensure strong communication and a successful research partnership with the TMW Center.


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RAPID Senior Coordinator
1/11/2024 - Stanford Center on Early Childhood

The Stanford Center on Early Childhood, an initiative of the Stanford Accelerator for Learning, seeks a full time Senior Coordinator to join its team. The Senior Coordinator will support the development of new partnerships and the coordination of existing partnerships with organizations, teams, and individuals that collaborate with the RAPID Survey Project.

This position is a 1-year fixed term appointment that may be renewed based on performance and funding. This position is eligible for a remote work agreement and limited travel may be required for convenings and events. Interested applicants should submit a resume and a cover letter describing why they are interested in this position at this stage of their career.


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Senior Research Analyst
1/11/2024 - Child Care Aware of America

CCAoA seeks a Senior Research Analyst to contribute to the organization’s research products. This person will be experienced in analyzing and translating data into research products. They will also be skilled in collaborating with external partners during all phases of projects and adept at navigating relationships internally and externally to best get the work done—the ideal candidate is a strong project manager and relationship builder.  This role reports to the Senior Director of Research.


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Early Childhood Policy Analyst
12/01/2023 -Zero to Five Montana

Zero to Five Montana is seeking an Early Childhood (EC) Policy Analyst to provide legislative expertise through bill tracking and legislative engagement on key early childhood issues and develop issue briefings and policy solutions for broad audience awareness and engagement. 


This position is critical in fulfilling the work of Zero to Five Montana to stabilize, innovate and build the early childhood system in the state so families and communities can thrive. The willingness to lead projects and initiatives resulting in increased access to high-quality early care and education, as well as other services to support the health and well-being of Montana’s children, is essential to this role. 


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Senior Director of Research
11/28/2023 - Child Care Aware® of America

The Senior Director of Research will lead research activities across CCAoA’s policy and program areas. The Senior Director of Research will enhance alignment of research efforts in areas ranging from child care price, supply, quality and availability to child care financing, equitable access to healthy, high-quality child care, best practices in child care systems-building approaches, and internal evaluation of program initiatives. This position is ideal for a candidate with a successful track record of overseeing quantitative and qualitative research projects, leveraging research to enhance policy development and advocacy, and establishing research strategies to support broad policy goals and outcomes.  


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Implementation Specialist
11/03/2023 - Stanford Center on Early Childhood

The Stanford Center on Early Childhood (SCEC) seeks a full time Implementation Specialist to join our team. This position will work with the Filming Interactions to Nurture Development (FIND) team to lead recruitment and engagement activities for the FIND-Professional Development program as well as video editing efforts for the FIND video library and FIND implementations.


The Stanford Center on Early Childhood brings new tools and pathways for impact to the places where early childhood development happens–early learning environments, healthcare, and community-based family support programs and services. The RAPID survey project, a key project of the SCEC, is a program of national and place-based surveys that seeks to elevate the voices of caregivers of young children, especially in low-income and under-resourced communities, to inform the programs and organizations that serve them. The Stanford Center on Early Childhood is an initiative of the Stanford Accelerator for Learning.


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Senior Communications Specialist, RAPID Project
11/03/2023 - Stanford Center on Early Childhood

The Stanford Center on Early Childhood (SCEC) seeks a full time Senior Communications Specialist to join our team. The Senior Communications Specialist will develop communication materials for the RAPID Survey Project, managing and planning the entire communications pipeline for the project.


The Stanford Center on Early Childhood brings new tools and pathways for impact to the places where early childhood development happens–early learning environments, healthcare, and community-based family support programs and services. The Stanford Center on Early Childhood is an initiative of the Stanford Accelerator for Learning.


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Communications Director
10/12/2023 - Council for a Strong America

he Communications Director is the lead branding and strategic communications staff member for the organization. This position collaborates with the Executive Team and /or Lead Team to shape all major external communications related to the organization’s identity and positioning within the non-profit sphere of organizations dedicated to promoting child /family public policy issues. The individual also serves as the lead strategist for all campaigns developed in collaboration with funders and with the organization’s Lead Team and staff.


The Communications Director manages the Communications team to optimize individual strengths toward collective success in communicating the organization’s unique perspective, and toward meeting the objectives of funders and of individual teams within the organization, including Development, the Federal Policy Team, State Offices, Mobilization Team, the three membership groups within the organization, and special initiatives. The individual must have a thorough understanding of Council for a Strong America’s unique model and be able to execute work successfully in furtherance of that brand.


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Director Quality Assessment & Recognition
9/26/2023 - National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)

The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) is a nationwide non-profit organization dedicated to promoting high quality child care by strengthening the profession of family child care for home-based early learning programs serving almost 40% of the 6.7 million children who receive care from a nonrelative on a regular basis. The Director of Quality Assessment & Recognition plays a key role on the National Team. The Director ensures NAFCC remains a leader in recognizing and promoting high quality in a home-based child care environment & coordinates all NAFCC Accreditation activities. This position will be the go-to expert for developing organizational messaging and leveraging external media partners, as well supporting leadership with talking points, presentations, and other communications in order to drive engagement with key audiences in the field of early care and education and beyond. This person is responsible for ensuring that NAFCC is seen as a leader in solving early care and education issues unique to the family child care sector.


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Research Associate, Child and Family Development
9/11/2023 - James Bell Associates

James Bell Associates, a nationally recognized program evaluation and applied research firm specializing in evaluations of health and social service programs and capacity building technical assistance, is seeking a research associate for its Child and Family Development practice area to provide evaluation, performance measurement, and continuous quality improvement (CQI) technical assistance (TA) using an equity approach. The ideal candidate would also be able to provide expertise in the application of equity principles and approaches in early childhood research, evaluation, policy, and practice.


This is a full-time remote position. The salary range is $65,000 to $80,000, based on experience.



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Vice President of Policy & Field Building
9/1/2023 - All Our Kin

The Vice President of Policy & Field Building will lead All Our Kin’s efforts to promote its policy and field-building agenda with federal and state governments, and among leading policy organizations in addition to leading, promoting, and collaborating with our specialized site-level and technical assistance work. This position will advance All Our Kin’s mission and core values by providing strategic leadership for a policy, field-building, and advocacy agenda that influences positive change in national and state-level public opinion, engagement, policy, and regulation that helps shape the future of family child care. The VP of Policy & Field Building will report to and work closely with the Chief Strategy Officer and will oversee all components of All Our Kin’s field building and policy work.


All Our Kin, Inc. is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that trains, supports, and sustains family child care providers to ensure that children and families have the foundations they need to succeed in school and in life. Through our programs, child care professionals succeed as early childhood educators and as business owners; working parents find stable, high-quality care for their children; and children gain an educational foundation that lays the groundwork for achievement in school and beyond.


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Policy Analyst
8/29/2023 - Child Care Aware of America

CCAoA seeks a Policy Analyst to support the organization’s state and federal policy efforts. The Policy analyst will be thoughtful, energetic, and collaborative and able to juggle multiple projects while continuing to advance CCAoA’s mission and vision. This position reports to the Chief, Policy and Advocacy.

Child Care Aware® of America, our nation’s leading voice for child care, works with more than 500 state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies to ensure that families in every local community have access to quality, affordable child care. To achieve our mission, we lead projects that increase the quality and availability of child care, offer comprehensive training to child care professionals, undertake groundbreaking research and advocate for child care policies that positively impact the lives of children and families. 


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Senior Director, Early Childhood Policy
8/21/2023 - Center for American Progress

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Senior Director for Early Childhood Policy, within the Education department. The Senior Director for Early Childhood Policy will serve as the co-lead of the Early Childhood team and be a creative and analytic partner in American Progress’ work to change the country’s approach to early childhood education, including by connecting with K-12 and higher education efforts and seeking out and developing connectivity with the organization’s five crosscutting priorities:


  • Building an economy for all
  • Restoring social trust in democracy
  • Advancing racial equity and justice
  • Tackling climate change and environmental injustice
    Strengthening health


This position requires developing and promoting policies and solutions to ensure that young children and families have access to equitable early childhood outcomes. This Senior Director for Early Childhood Policy will help lead American Progress’ efforts to further these goals by advancing smart, focused strategies through research, strategic communications, and working in coalition with stakeholders at the federal, state, and local levels. Ideal candidates will have a deep understanding of early childhood policy, with expertise in one or more of the following core areas: access, affordability, and quality of education and services for young children, including babies and toddlers, as well as for families and educators; child care, preschool, and health services, with an emphasis on equity.


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Fiscal Policy Director
8/17/2023 - Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families

Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families (AACF) is looking for a team member who will provide leadership on state budget and tax issues and perform data analysis, research, and advocacy to advance policy solutions to address poverty, economic well-being, and a fairer tax code, particularly for Black, Indigenous and Other People of Color (BIPOC) families and families whose incomes are below the federal poverty threshold. Candidates must have a proven track record in economic analysis and advocacy. This position must support AACF’s equity statement and be committed to supporting equity in all areas of the work. This position is full-time and based in AACF’s main Little Rock office.


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Senior Policy Advisor for Early Childhood
8/3/2023 - Advance Illinois

Advance Illinois is hiring a Senior Policy Advisor for Early Childhood and is looking for an individual with 3-5 years of experience:  in ECEC policy, working at a related agency, or leading an ECEC center. The ideal candidate is a systems thinker, with strong knowledge of the early childhood field – including system challenges and opportunities – preferably with knowledge of and experience with Illinois-specific policies, stakeholders, and context. The organization is looking for a strategic thought partner and self-starter who is able to work independently and is comfortable working in a small team environment and partnering not only with staff members but with a diverse network of outside partners and stakeholders.


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National Organizer
8/3/2023 - United Parent Leaders Action Network (UPLAN)

United Parent Leaders Action Network (UPLAN) is looking for a National Organizer to engage parent leaders in its campaigns and move the policy agenda. This individual will join existing staff / consultant team and 36 member organizations to elevate the voices of parents across the country. This is a full-time position that can be done remotely or out of the Chicago office of fiscal sponsor and lead partner COFI (Community Organizing and Family Issues).


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Senior State Relations Associate
8/2/2023 - Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center

The Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center is hiring an individual to take a leadership role in developing strategy and timelines for successfully engaging state leaders and national partners to expand the reach of the Center’s work and engage in targeted state support efforts.


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