Liz Bedrick is a senior policy assistant in the early childhood development research area. As an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, she worked at the intersection of policy and research. Driven by an interest in nutrition and social policy, she spent time researching anti-hunger programs and policies at the Food Research & Action Center and conducted a senior honors thesis on consumer habits pertaining to food. After graduating, Liz served as an AmeriCorps member with City Year, where she taught and mentored first grade students from low-income backgrounds in Washington, DC. Her experience with young students coupled with her anti-hunger and welfare work sparked her interest in early childhood policy.
Currently, Liz works on several projects evaluating policies that aim to support the most vulnerable children and their families, including child care subsidies, quality rating and improvement systems, and state child welfare regulations. Her major projects include the 2019 National Overview of State Priorities for the Child Care and Development Block Grant Funding Increase, the Quality Compendium, and the development of a database of Definitions and Policies Related to the Incidence of Child Abuse and Neglect.