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Patricia Fahey is a national expert on early childhood education program quality and management. For more than 25 years, she has designed and delivered high-quality training and technical assistance services and materials to build the capacity of program leaders, staff, and families to improve child outcomes.

Fahey’s recent work focuses on ways to use data for continuous program improvement. She has created several staff development programs and resources on managing early childhood programs. She has also served on national advisory committees focused on improving childhood health, safety, and well-being.

As director of EDC’s Early Learning and Development Group, she oversees the work of 50 early childhood researchers, trainers, materials developers, and consultants. She also leads the Head Start National Center on Health, which is designing learning materials for health managers through a cooperative agreement with the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Fahey holds an MPA from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

"When program staff members use data to identify and correct a problem area, they see how data can be put to good use in ways that strengthen their work."

Speaking Highlights

New Horizons in Adult Learning

Co-presentation, Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development
Minneapolis, MN

Tying the Knot—Early Head Start (EHS) and Child Care Partnerships: A Systems Approach

Co-presentation, Birth to Three Institute
Washington, D.C.

Innovation and Compliance: The Head Start Director’s Role

Co-presentation, Head Start Leadership Institute
National Harbor, MD
April 2013

Selected Publications

Rudick, S., & Fahey, P. (2013). Data in Head Start and Early Head Start: Building a culture. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.

Selected Resources


This brief describes EDC’s deep commitment to ensuring that all young children have the support they need during the critical early childhood window of time.