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Emerson Fellow

Lindsay Guge

16th Class, 2009-2010

Field Placement: Oregon Child Development Coalition (Portland, OR)

Lindsay studied family child care providers’ participation in the Child and Adult Care Food program (CACFP) and highlighted success stories in Oregon, focusing on promoting program enrollment and retention among family child care providers.  She also conducted statewide surveys of providers, day care centers, and others working in early childhood education to assess the impact of the recession on the child care industry inOregon.

Hunger Free Community Report:

The State of Child Care in Oregon examines the impact of the 2008-2009 economic recession on the child care industry in Oregon, assessing how families with young children and child care providers have been affected by the recession, high unemployment, and the resulting instability of the child care industry.

Policy Placement: New America Foundation (Washington, DC)

Lindsay worked with the Asset Building Program to broaden savings and assets ownership in low-income communities through research, public education and policy development. Her research and writing focused on behavioral economics, the savings behaviors of low-income families, and the racial and gender wealth gap in the U.S. She co-authored the 2010 Assets Agenda and contributed to the Asset Building Program’s blog highlighting recent assets and savings-related developments in public policy.

Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:

A native of North Carolina, Lindsay graduated with distinction as a Public Service Scholar and with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in psychology and peace, war, and defense. Lindsay has researched the effects of poverty on young children’s development, volunteered in the local community, and held leadership positions in UNC’s student center for social justice and activism. Lindsay also studied in Botswana, focusing on evolutionary psychology and indigenous people’s issues in sub-Saharan Africa.