Being Thankful


As I reflect over the past year thinking about early care and education, I couldn’t be more thankful for the tremendous strides we have made as a field and where we are headed.  I have been lucky enough to be part of the ECE field for over 40 years now and as I move into the twilight of my career, I must say this is probably the most optimistic I have been about its future.

Because of the leadership at the national, state, and local levels we have come together to continue the vision of improving the overall quality of care that all our children receive while in out-of-home ECE programs.   I want to thank all these wonderful individuals and I look forward to working with many of you over the next several years to make this vision reality.

Richard Fiene, Ph.D., RIKI Research Psychologist; NARA Senior Consultant, HMC/PSU Consultant.


About Dr Fiene

Dr. Rick Fiene has spent his professional career in improving the quality of child care in various states, nationally, and internationally. He has done extensive research and publishing on the key components in improving child care quality through an early childhood program quality indicator model of training, technical assistance, quality rating & improvement systems, professional development, mentoring, licensing, risk assessment, differential program monitoring, and accreditation. Dr. Fiene is a retired professor of human development & psychology (Penn State University) where he was department head and director of the Capital Area Early Childhood Research and Training Institute.
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