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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

Children & Families

San Francisco Predictable Scheduling and Fair Treatment for Formula Retail Employees Ordinance

Issue Brief This issue brief highlights some of the research on the growth of unstable work schedules, and describes the provisions of recently introduced legislation in San Francisco that seeks to increase predictable scheduling among certain retail and food service workers. San Francisco’s is the first such legislation to be introduced at the local level in the nation.

Children & Families

A good year for children & families in California

When I came to Next Generation a year ago, I was excited by its unique niche: policy thinking and communications on issues that affect California’s children and families. This was a place that understood that issues affecting parents and children are inextricably linked, and that smart policy-making can’t be successful without the ability to make it heard and understood.

Children & Families

Helping Hands: A Review of Home Visiting Programs in California

Issue Brief Voluntary home visiting programs are a powerful tool to improve outcomes for at-risk children and families. Families enrolled in home visiting programs are visited by trained professionals on a regular basis who provide practical tips and information – as well as emotional support – on a range of issues, including maternal health, early learning, and improving parent-child interactions.

Children & Families

What are we doing for working families?

Sarah Crow writes on the Department of Labor (DOL) Forum on Working Families in San Francisco, one of several meetings the DoL is hosting around the country, leading up to a White House Summit in June.

Children & Families

Raising the Floor: A Review of Paid Sick Days Laws for California

Issue Brief Approximately 5 million Californians lack paid sick days protection. For these employees, life is a delicate balancing act – when, inevitably, they become ill, they can either go to work while battling illness, or they can choose to stay home and lose out on a day’s pay. Sometimes, the decision to stay home can cost them their jobs. And if these workers are parents or family caregivers, the choices are harder still.