Crawling Behind by Elliot Haspel, bookcover.

Praise for Crawling Behind

“In combining the love of a father with the expertise of a scholar, the book is at once deeply reported and universally accessible—a must-read for policymakers and parents alike.”

Julie Kashen

Director, Women’s Economic Justice and
Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation

Meet Elliot Haspel

Elliot Haspel is an early childhood and K-12 education policy expert and writer. He started his career as a 4th grade public school teacher in Arizona via the Teach For America program. Following his time in the classroom, he earned a Master’s in Education Policy & Management from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Elliot has worked for numerous education policy and advocacy organizations. He was selected out of an applicant pool of nearly 100 be one of five inaugural Education Advocacy Fellows for the nonprofit 50CAN: The 50-State Campaign for Achievement Now. He was also competitively chosen to be a Fellow by the New Leaders Council, the “hub for progressive Millennial thought leadership.” He was the co-founder of the nonprofit Education Success Network, where he produced bite-sized videos for teachers about pedagogical research that have been viewed on YouTube over 200,000 times.

Elliot Haspel is an early childhood and K-12 education policy expert and writer. He started his career as a 4th grade public school teacher in Arizona via the Teach For America program. Following his time in the classroom, he earned a Master’s in Education Policy & Management from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Elliot has worked for numerous education policy and advocacy organizations. He was selected out of an applicant pool of nearly 100 be one of five inaugural Education Advocacy Fellows for the nonprofit 50CAN: The 50-State Campaign for Achievement Now. He was also competitively chosen to be a Fellow by the New Leaders Council, the “hub for progressive Millennial thought leadership.” He was the co-founder of the nonprofit Education Success Network, where he produced bite-sized videos for teachers about pedagogical research that have been viewed on YouTube over 200,000 times.

From 2016-2018, Elliot served as the on-staff Policy Analyst for the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, a public-private nonprofit charged with providing guidance on early care and education to Virginia’s legislative and executive branches. He currently works as the Program Officer for Education Policy & Research at the Robins Foundation, one of the largest and oldest philanthropic foundations in Richmond, Virginia, where he oversees the Foundation's early childhood portfolio.

Elliot's writings have been featured on numerous mediums ranging from The Washington Post to The New Republic to McSweeney's Internet Tendency.

Elliot lives in Richmond, VA with his wife and two spirited young daughters.

Elliot Haspel, headshot

Further Reading

Further Reading from Elliot Haspel

Read an Excerpt from Crawling Behind

In this adapted excerpt from Crawling Behind, Elliot explains how children suffer when parents are under chronic financial stress and argues that we should promote healthy families by making childcare free....

Romper
November 11, 2019

“Affordable” Child Care Is a Failure of Imagination

Even the boldest plans to address the problem don’t acknowledge what’s obvious to many Americans: Child care should not be simply “affordable.” It should be free and universal—a common good just...

The New Republic
October 30, 2019

Millennial Parents Are Failing Their Children

Parents, myself included, regularly say they’d do anything for their children. They’d step in front of a bus for them, take a bullet for them, go full mama- or papa-bear to demolish—nay, obliterate!—whomever...

The New Republic
August 20, 2019

Let's Tell Our Story

If Crawling Behind hits close to home for you, share your story of childcare stress. Your family’s particular experience informs my understanding of the birth-to-five care landscape. (P.S. Your story is safe with me. I’ll never pass it on without your permission.)

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