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Adele Robinson Joins Abt, Bringing 30 Years of Expertise In Early Childhood Education Policy

Rockville, Md.  –  Adele Robinson, an expert in child and education policy, is bringing her expertise to bear as a Principal Associate at Abt Associates. In her 30-year career, she has supported the implementation of equitable and effective education, from Capitol Hill to national education associations to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to the local level. At Abt, she’ll continue to pursue these goals at all levels of government, using her expertise in complex policy analysis and strategic technical assistance.

While a consultant at HHS, Robinson drafted new regulations for the Child Care and Development Block Grant and coordinated other guidance with the U.S. Department of Education and wrote the HHS Policy Statement on Early Childhood Career Pathways.

The previous 15 years of Robinson’s career were spent at the National Association for the Education of Young Children. As Deputy Executive Director for Public Policy, she led all public policy efforts, including federal lobbying, and served as a spokesperson. Specific work included the reauthorization of the Head Start Act, the Child Care and Development Block Grant, Every Student Succeeds Act, the Higher Education Act; appropriations and budget legislation; and providing technical assistance to states and counties for comprehensive early childhood workforce development and systems. 

Robinson earned her JD from Boston University School of Law and her BA from Yale University.

“Adele’s passion for improving education for all children has influenced policy at all levels of government, and we look forward to bringing her expertise to our clients,” said Mary Joel Holin, senior vice president, Social and Economic Policy.

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