Expertise: Early childhood, preschool, child care, state early childhood systems and financing

Simon Workman is the director of Early Childhood Policy at American Progress. His work focuses on elevating the need for high-quality, affordable early childhood programs and identifying policy solutions that improve program quality and increase access and public investment. He also leads the team’s state child care policy work, providing state legislators, advocates, and administrators with technical assistance, research, and testimony on early childhood policy.

Prior to joining American Progress, Workman led early childhood projects related to finance, evaluation, and policy analysis at APA Consulting in Denver, Colorado. In addition to conducting research, he provided technical assistance to states, counties, and cities related to the cost of providing quality early childhood programs. This work included the development of an online calculator—the Provider Cost of Quality Calculator—for the Office of Child Care at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The calculator estimates the cost of providing high-quality child care in various settings. In addition, Workman’s experience includes conducting evaluations of early childhood quality rating and improvement systems, or QRIS, and city preschool initiatives. Earlier in his career, he managed professional development programs for Citi Private Bank in London and New York.

Workman holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wales, Swansea, and a master’s degree in public policy and public administration from the University of York. A British native, Workman has lived and worked in the United States for more than a decade and currently resides in Virginia with his wife and two young children.

By Simon Workman
Coronavirus Pandemic Could Lead to Permanent Loss of Nearly 4.5 Million Child Care SlotsCenter for American ProgressApril 24, 2020
How the Federal Government Can Protect Essential Workers in the Fight Against CoronavirusCenter for American ProgressApril 8, 2020
Congress Needs To Ensure Educational Equity in the Wake of the Coronavirus PandemicCenter for American ProgressApril 2, 2020
How Universal Home Visiting Models Can Support Newborns and Their FamiliesCenter for American ProgressSeptember 26, 2019
Early Learning in the United States: 2019Center for American ProgressSeptember 16, 2019
Early Childhood Agenda for Governors in 2019Center for American ProgressDecember 13, 2018
America’s Child Care Deserts in 2018Center for American ProgressDecember 6, 2018
Understanding the True Cost of Child Care for Infants and ToddlersCenter for American ProgressNovember 15, 2018
Understanding Infant and Toddler Child Care DesertsCenter for American ProgressOctober 31, 2018
Early Learning in the United States: 2018Center for American ProgressSeptember 13, 2018
When Preschool Teachers Can’t Afford Care for Their Own ChildrenThe Hechinger ReportJuly 2, 2018
Top 10 Early Childhood Ideas for States in 2018Center for American ProgressMarch 14, 2018
Where Does Your Child Care Dollar Go?Center for American ProgressFebruary 14, 2018
House Republican Attempts to Repeal the Adoption Tax Credit Show Their Real Priorities in Tax ReformCenter for American ProgressNovember 9, 2017
Early Learning in the United States: 2017Center for American ProgressJuly 20, 2017
BUILDing Strong FoundationsBUILD InitiativeJune 20, 2017
QRIS 101: Fact SheetCenter for American ProgressMay 11, 2017
Don’t Stop ImprovingCenter for American ProgressMay 11, 2017
Quality 101: Identifying the Core Components of a High-Quality Early Childhood ProgramCenter for American ProgressFebruary 13, 2017
Taking Action on Early LearningCenter for American ProgressNovember 18, 2016