Ruth Friedman, Ph.D.

Director, Office of Child Care (OCC)

Ruth Friedman, Ph.D., is the director of ACF’s Office of Child Care.  She was previously a child and family policy consultant, including work as a senior advisor to ACF’s Office of Head Start on the development of Head Start early learning outcomes framework, and on the overhaul of the Head Start program performance standards.

Dr. Friedman has served as the executive director of the National Child Abuse Coalition and was the director of education policy at the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Education and Labor.  There, she led numerous early childhood initiatives, including the 2007 Head Start reauthorization law, plus child care, pre-kindergarten and home visiting legislation. She also helped lead efforts to improve TANF, juvenile justice and child abuse prevention policies.

Prior to working for Congress, she was a researcher and therapist, focusing on resiliency in children and families.  She earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and an M.A. in public policy.

She is married to Pete Weber, and they have a son, Dylan.