Laura Bornfreund is a Policy Analyst for New America's Early Education Initiative where she examines early education (birth through grade 3) studies and policies, researches and writes original policy papers, and contributes to Early Ed Watch, the Early Education Initiative's blog. She authored the report "Getting in Sync: Revamping Licensing and Preparation for Teachers in Pre-K, Kindergarten, and the Early Grades" and co-authored "Many Missing Pieces: The Difficult Task of Linking Early Childhood Data and School-Based Data Systems." Before joining New America, Laura worked for the Forum for Education & Democracy as its Communications and Policy Advisor. Prior to that she was a Thomas B. Fordham Institute Education Policy Fellow at Common Core, conducting research for the report "Why We're Behind: What Top Nations Teach Their Students But We Don't." Before moving to Washington, D.C., in 2008, she worked for the City of Orlando, helping to implement its Parramore Kidz Zone, an initiative modeled after the Harlem Children's Zone. Laura began her career as a fourth grade teacher in Orlando, Fla. She holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Central Florida.