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Sarah Crow

Associate Director, Children & Families Program


Sarah Crow

Sarah Crow is the Associate Director of the Children and Families program, where she oversees the California policy team focused on early childhood education and health issues, as well as work-family policy. Prior to joining Next Generation, Sarah worked as a senior analyst at the San Francisco Human Services Agency and advised on issues including subsidized employment, child care, food assistance, and access to Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program. From that position, she led the implementation of the Affordable Care Act for the City’s Medi-Cal enrollment agency. In previous experience, Sarah worked as a researcher and consultant to state and federal public agencies, as well as foundations and non-profits, on a range of issues including children’s health insurance programs, welfare policy, health access, and school-based health centers.

Sarah holds a bachelor's degree in comparative literature from Oberlin College and a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Michigan. She sits on the Board of Directors of Help A Mother Out, a local non-profit that delivers diapers to low-income Bay Area families. She lives in Berkeley with her husband and two fabulous kids. 

Posts by Sarah Crow

California Work & Family Coalition

The Coalition’s Next Big Step

For the Children & Families Program at Next Generation it’s the end of an era, but the beginning of a new one too. Too Small to Fail and the policy team are moving on to The Opportunity Institute. And as part of these transitions, there is another big change to announce: the next chapter for the California Work & Family Coalition.

Letter of Support for Comprehensive Early Care and Education Proposal

By improving access, quality and provider reimbursement rates, this budget proposal would go a long way towards creating a stable and comprehensive care and education system that improves prospects for working families, and provides our youngest learners with the opportunity to thrive and succeed in the 21st century.

Letter of Support for Evidence-based Home Visiting Programs

Evidence-based home visiting programs have been found to reap long-term, positive effects for the children and parents enrolled. More than 20 states have established state plans and mechanisms to draw down federal Medicaid dollars to fund home visiting programs. California should join them, and distinguish itself as a state that values evidence-based programs that improve the economy and the healt

Children & Families

Word Health: Addressing the Word Gap as a Public Health Crisis

The brains of infants and toddlers develop at an incredible rate, forming the foundation for lifelong learning and health. The stimulation that children receive in these early years powerfully influence not only their academic and material success, but also – critically – their physical and mental health as well.

Children & Families

Baby Steps: Recession Cuts, Restoration, and What’s Next for California’s Child Care System

Issue Brief Access to affordable child care helps families achieve economic security, offers children stability and the opportunity to thrive, and strengthens California’s economy overall. Unfortunately, the programs that provide child care subsidies to low-income Californians were greatly weakened during the Great Recession of 2007. As a result, children and families in greatest need of these resources now face instability and diminished job prospects that will have short- and long-term consequences to their individual well-being, and our state.

Children & Families

Patch the Holes in California’s Child Care System

More than $1 billion in cuts made to California's child care and early education system since the Great Recession have not yet been restored. Although some important steps were taken to rebuild the system last year, it is still miles away from being what families need.

Children & Families

A Stronger California means women’s economic empowerment

Women’s ability to build up assets and live comfortably in retirement all hinge on the wages and jobs we have access to while we are raising children and caring for other family members. Yet we still – still – face lower wages compared to equally qualified men. We are more likely to raise children on our own, making workplace policies like fair scheduling and family leave, and the availability of