A senior research associate in the Urban Institute’s Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population, Monica Rohacek has more than 20 years of experience researching early care and education. Her main areas of expertise include the supply, demand, and costs of early care and education; workforce issues; the design and management of publicly funded early care and education programs (including child care subsidies and Head Start); and the evaluation of related national, state, and local policies.
Before joining Urban in 2001, Rohacek was a consultant to the County of Los Angeles, where she carried out analysis for the First Five Commission and the Service Integration Branch. In her early career, Rohacek worked for a nonprofit organization in North Carolina, where she was the lead analyst for the state’s 1997 child care market survey; completed projects on the child care workforce and the quality, affordability, and availability of care; and coordinated an AmeriCorps program to support a statewide scholarship program for child care teachers. In 2012, she was an invited panelist at the Institute of Medicine’s workshop reviewing future research needs for the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
Rohacek has a master’s in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley.