John Fantuzzo


  • Data and statistics
  • Early learning
  • Race and diversity
  • Risky behavior

John Fantuzzo of the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education analyzes public and private data to better understand student experiences in and out of school, including factors likely to put children at risk and policies that can build resilience. He is a pioneer in this big data approach and an advocate for protecting student and family privacy. He is an expert in early childhood development, conducting major reviews of state and federal early childhood programs, including Head Start. His knowledge is sought by policy makers at every level of government, including the White House. Fantuzzo has received major grant funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and his work has been featured in The New York Times and The Washington Post. He directs Penn GSE’s Penn Child Research Center and is the co-principal investigator of Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy.