Chaley Kirkpatrick Begins Internship at Center for American Progress in DC

Truman School rising second-year MPA student Chaley Kirkpatrick is working in our nation’s capital this summer tackling early childhood issues at the Center for American Progress.  Chaley has a strong interest in policy and think tanks in particular have always been attractive to her.   ”What draws me to them is the fact they work in multiple policy areas like education, poverty, national security, LGBTQ issues and immigration, just to name a few,” Chaley explains.  “This gives you a chance to specialize in a specific area, but also benefit from learning about the intersection of these issues.  I also appreciate and admire CAP’s progressive mindset, as I believe that type of thinking is what will move us forward.”

Chaley thoroughly enjoys policy and research and has strong interest in working on issues affecting children.  When she saw an opening for an internship with CAP’s Early Childhood Policy team, it seemed like the perfect fit.  She was beyond excited when she got the call offering her this opportunity and could hardly wait to pack her bags and head east for the summer.  “I have always enjoyed working with children and have done so as a direct service provider for several years,” Chaley notes.  “I wanted to be involved with helping and serving children in other ways, outside the classroom.  Having worked in a preschool for the past couple of years gave me a strong appreciation for the importance of a positive early childhood experience.  This is what led me to pursue this particular policy area.”

With the Early Childhood Policy Team at CAP, Chaley will work on myriad issues including: universal pre-k, home visiting, maternal/infant mortality, child care deserts, child care quality, the intersection of immigration and child care, and many more.  She looks forward to gaining a better understanding of how policy centered around early childhood is created, implemented, and evaluated.

Chaley is pursuing her Master of Public Affairs at the Truman School and is specializing in public policy.  Upon completing her degree next spring, she would like to pursue a career in education policy, specifically K-12 education or early childhood.  Chaley holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Missouri.

The Center for American Progress was founded in 2003 by John Podesta.  The stated mission of the independent, nonpartisan policy institute is “improving the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action.”