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Leila Rock

Research Fellow, Children & Families Program


Leila Rock

Leila is a Research Fellow for the Children and Families Program at Next Generation, where she specializes in early education and child care policy in California. She brings with her a strong background in research, communications, and advocacy work. Most recently, Leila led a legal advocacy team at the YWCA where she managed social outreach programs to build awareness of child trafficking in the Bay Area. She also assisted graduate research at U.C. Berkeley where she worked on a thesis examining immigration policy towards expatriate women in the 1930s.

Leila graduated with high distinction from U.C. Berkeley with a double major in History and Peace and Conflict studies.

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.