Senior Director, Early Childhood Policy



Rasheed Malik

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Rasheed A. Malik is the senior director of Early Childhood Policy at American Progress. His work focuses on child care infrastructure and supply, the economic benefits of child care, and bias and discrimination in early childhood policy. Malik’s research has been featured in or cited by The New York Times, Vox, The Washington Post, NPR, Slate, CNNBusiness, and CNBC, among others.

Prior to joining American Progress, Malik was a government affairs and communications associate for the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, an organization with the goal of making the New York Harbor a shared, resilient, and accessible resource for all New Yorkers.

Malik holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from Baruch College. He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and two young children.


America’s Child Care Deserts in 2018 Report

America’s Child Care Deserts in 2018

A new analysis of child care supply in every U.S. neighborhood finds that approximately half the country has too few licensed child care options.

Rasheed Malik, Katie Hamm, Leila Schochet, 3 More Cristina Novoa, Simon Workman, Steven Jessen-Howard

Head Start in Rural America Fact Sheet

Head Start in Rural America

These 10 state facts sheets provide comprehensive new information on the number of rural families served by Head Start, including rates of health service delivery.

Leila Schochet, Rasheed Malik

A Compass for Families Report

A Compass for Families

Head Start helps fill a critical void in early childhood education and service delivery in rural America.

Rasheed Malik, Leila Schochet

Top 10 Early Childhood Ideas for States in 2018 Report
A Los Angeles preschool teacher conducts a class as preschoolers look on, March 2013. (Getty/Lawrence K. Ho/Los Angeles Times)

Top 10 Early Childhood Ideas for States in 2018

States have a critical role to play in expanding access to high-quality early childhood programs to ensure all children have the best start in life.

Simon Workman, Katie Hamm, Rasheed Malik, 1 More Cristina Novoa

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