Policy and Research Associate



MK Falgout

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MK Falgout (pronounced fal-goo) is a policy and research associate for Early Childhood Policy at American Progress. She supports the team’s strategic research and advocacy efforts to advance progressive early childhood policies that equitably expand access to affordable child care and early learning for families while ensuring fair compensation for early educators.

Before joining American Progress, Falgout interned at the National Women’s Law Center, supporting advocacy efforts for the Child Care for Working Families Act. She served as a congressional intern for Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), chair of the House Appropriations Committee, during her final term. Falgout brings experience working directly with underinvested communities from her four years serving as a lead advocate and financial coach at the Community Empowerment Fund in Chapel Hill.

Falgout calls Durham, North Carolina, home and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in public policy and a minor in social and economic justice.

Latest by MK Falgout

Governors Lead the Way in Responding to Child Care Needs Amid the Coronavirus Crisis Article
Angelique Speight-Marshall puts on protective gloves and slippers to protect her clients from the coronavirus inside her child care facility, March 2020. (Getty/Astrid Riecken)

Governors Lead the Way in Responding to Child Care Needs Amid the Coronavirus Crisis

Governors have enacted policies to provide child care to essential workers, increase pay and benefits for child care workers, and sustain child care subsidy payments, but the federal government must invest in child care to save the industry in the long-term.

MK Falgout, Katie Hamm