Ideas. Action. Results.

Project Background

In 2014, BPC launched an effort to explore what early childhood messages resonate across the political continuum. We conducted one-on-one interviews and convened roundtable discussions across the country with early childhood researchers and advocates, policymakers, and philanthropic and business leaders. In 2017, BPC’s Early Childhood Initiative—led by Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) and Representative George Miller (D-CA) – released a suite of policy recommendations aimed at supporting families with young children and improving outcomes for children birth to five. The recommendations range from federal tax policies, to doubling resources for child care, to supporting children whose parents are afflicted by the opioid crisis.

In addition to our on-going efforts to advance and build on the Santorum-Miller policy recommendations, BPC is embarking on a new phase of the Early Childhood Initiative that seeks to create a more comprehensive and sustained approach to improving the quality of care for young children. Our goal is to engage credible messengers and develop broad consensus to establish an integrated system in the United States that provides quality support for young children and their families.


The intern will work with project staff on writing and research, event planning, tracking news and congressional activity, and communications activities. Specific responsibilities will be determined based on the successful candidate’s interests and the needs of the projects. The intern will work towards the team’s overall mission to develop a national strategy to close the gap between what it costs to produce high-quality early care and learning programs and what parents can afford.