Caring for Our Children Basics has fallen off the radar screen when it comes to monitoring, regulatory compliance and standards development in early care and education (ECE). This is a very important set of standards that has distilled the most critical standards from several significant national documents. ACF had intended its use as a basic voluntary set of standards for all ECE programs. I really don’t want state licensing administrators to lose sight of this document as they think through and revise their state ECE rules/regulations.
Here is a link to the ACF Webpage: Caring for Our Children Basics ACF Webpage
Here is the document itself: Caring for Our Children Basics Document
Here is the tool that accompanies Caring for Our Children Basics: CFOCB Tool
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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