Request for ECE Licensing Reports

Please share your research and evaluation reports about licensing in early care and education (ECE). Send the materials, along with your contact information, to by January 31, 2020.

The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) recently posted a request for research and evaluation reports about licensing in ECE to inform this project, Understanding the Role of Licensing in Early Care and Education (TRLECE), 2019–2024. TRLECE will identify and address gaps in knowledge about how key features of the ECE licensing system are related to ECE quality and outcomes for children, families, and key stakeholders (e.g., providers, licensing agencies).

One of the early project activities is to refine a conceptual framework and to synthesize information regarding what is currently known about licensing research, policies, and administrative practices. The project team is searching for relevant licensing materials and will review a broad range of information. We invite you to share your relevant work with us. Examples include:

  • Evaluation reports of ECE licensing regulations or practices
  • Reports that summarize or analyze ECE licensing data at the local, regional, or state/territory level
  • Research reports, including manuscripts under review
  • National reports of licensing data across states or territories
  • Conceptual frameworks or models of ECE licensing
  • Logic models that include ECE licensing
  • Descriptions of outcomes or benefits of the ECE licensing system.

We will assume that the materials you share are publicly available unless you specify otherwise. Please include URL information for publicly available reports, if applicable. Please send all materials, along with your contact information, via email to by January 31, 2020.

We encourage you to share this email with colleagues who may have relevant work to share. To learn more about this request, visit the request for research and evaluation reports page.


TRLECE Project Team

Tracy Carter Clopet, Emily Ross, Ivelisse Martinez-Beck, and Ellen Litkowski, OPRE

Kelly Maxwell, Child Trends

Nina Johnson, ICF

Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Mary E. Switzer Building, Fourth Floor, MS 4425, 330 C Street, S.W., Washington, DC  20201, General office number: (202) 690-6782, Fax: (202) 690-5600, General email:, Website:

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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