About ICF

Harriet Dichter

Consulting Director, Early Education Services
Harriet is an expert in early childhood policy, strategy, and partnership.

Harriet brings extensive experience in early childhood policy, strategy, leadership, and partnership to her public sector work at the state and federal levels.

Previously, Harriet served as Pennsylvania's founding deputy secretary for the Office of Child Development and Early Learning. She gained national attention for the state's unique solutions and partnerships. She also served as secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (now Human Services). Harriet was the founding executive director of the Delaware Office of Early Learning, where she accelerated the pace, quality, and accountability of the state's comprehensive work in early childhood policy. In local government, she served as deputy managing director for child policy for the City of Philadelphia and director of maternal and child health for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.

Harriet also has significant nonprofit experience—regional, state, and national—in philanthropy and advocacy.

  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • B.A., Yale University
  • Funding our Future: Generating State and Local Tax Revenue for Quality Early Care and Education, BUILD Initiative, 2019
  • Financing Early Educator Teacher Quality: A Closer Look at Assumptions That Drive Variations in Estimating the Cost of Services, Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, University of California at Berkeley, 2019
  • Unlocking ESSA's Potential to Support Early Learning, New America, 2017