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Nancy Sandoval


Nancy Sandoval


Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston


Rappaport Public Policy Fellow



Rappaport Public Policy Fellows spend 10 weeks each summer serving within the highest levels of state and municipal governments in the Greater Boston Area. The program includes students from graduate and professional programs at local universities.

Graduate School
Boston College School of Social Work

Undergraduate School
University of San Diego

Jeffrey Sánchez, Senior Advisor, Rasky Partners, Inc., Rappaport Institute Advisory Board Member and former Rappaport/Boston Urban Fellow and Takia Myers, former Rappaport Public Policy Fellow

Chelsea Department of Housing and Community Development

Alexander Train, Director

Description of Fellowship
Nancy spent her fellowship interning at the Department of Housing and Community Development for the City of Chelsea working on childcare and early childhood initiatives. Nancy developed and conducted a survey to understand the needs of mothers with young children and the barriers they face in accessing affordable childcare and re-entering the workforce. She also facilitated focus groups with mothers and interviewed childcare providers and early childhood educators to better understand the childcare landscape.

Nancy’s final project resulted in the creation of a report, assessing the needs and current state of childcare and early education in Chelsea. She provided recommendations on how to move towards the City’s ultimate goal of universal access to childcare.