Follow-Up Detail to the Three State Standards Validation Using Stepping Stones as a National Standard

Below I have a hotlink to a chart and graphic display which provides additional detail to an earlier RIKI Blog post on a three state standards validation study using Stepping Stones to Caring for Our Children.   The chart provides the specific number of standards by the  major categories within Stepping Stones to Caring for Our Children.   This gap analysis provides a template/model for doing these types of analyses with all states and jurisdictions.  I would encourage states and jurisdictions to do this type of validation gap analysis related to validating their rules in comparison to Stepping Stones to Caring for Our Children.

Three State Standards Validation Study by Fiene & Stevens

For additional information about this validation study, please don’t hesitate to contact:  Dr Richard Fiene, Psychologist/Principal Investigator, Research Institute for Key Indicators ( (  Dr Sonya Stevens, Washington State Licensing Analyst was Co-Principal Investigator.



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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