The Importance of Immunizations

Having children properly immunized is a very important goal within public health.  It helps to protect children’s health.  Within early care and education programs, immunizations are both a standard of care as well as an outcome of that care.  Recently, as I have been doing additional in-depth analyses of the national data base that RIKILLC – Research Institute for Key Indicators maintains, having children properly immunized has been and continues to be a key indicator rule that statistically predicts overall regulatory compliance with all early care and education rules.  This is a result that appeared in the research literature over 40 years ago and is still present in today’s analyses.  It helps to account for approximately 70% of the variance related to statistically predicting regulatory compliance.  These results are across the USA and Canada.

So why is an immunization standard or rule such a good discriminator of high performing early care and education programs.  Keeping track of children’s immunizations is not an easy task.  It is very detailed-oriented which takes a great deal of diligence on the individuals doing the tracking.  One can assume that the best programs have figured this out while the mediocre programs who have difficulty with regulatory compliance have not.

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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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