Crawling Behind by Elliot Haspel, bookcover.

About Elliot Haspel

Elliot Haspel, headshot

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.

Further Reading from Elliot Haspel

Bail Out Parents

Typically, politicians of both parties revel in rhetoric about families being the bedrock of society. Well, if businesses get a Paycheck Protection Program, families deserve a Parent Protection Program. That starts...

The Atlantic
August 20, 2020

Why Are Child Care Programs Open When Schools Are Not?

The duality of the conversations around child care programs and public schools is rooted in a perceived gap between what “care” and “education” mean. That gap has set the two sectors on different paths of...

The New York Times
August 4, 2020

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....

November 11, 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.)