Director, Early Childhood Policy



Rasheed Malik

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Rasheed A. Malik is the 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.

Latest by Rasheed Malik

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

Suspensions Are Not Support Report

Suspensions Are Not Support

The United States suspends or expels preschool children with disabilities at an alarming rate.

Cristina Novoa, Rasheed Malik

Mapping America’s Child Care Deserts Report

Mapping America’s Child Care Deserts

CAP’s geographic study of child care markets finds that approximately half of Americans across 22 states live in areas with an undersupply of child care options.

Rasheed Malik, Katie Hamm

Child Care Deserts Report
The first years of life are a critical period for child development.

Child Care Deserts

The cost of quality child care is well-documented, but less attention is given to the persistent undersupply of child care centers.

Rasheed Malik, Katie Hamm, Maryam Adamu

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