International Study of Child Care Regulations Comparing the USA with Several Other Countries

This article published in the International Journal of Child Care and Educational Policy in 2013 compared the regulatory compliance within the USA with approximately 20 other countries to determine the emphasis placed upon rules and regulations in the respective countries. It is clear from the results that the USA emphasized more structural aspects of rules and regulations dealing with health and safety while the other countries emphasized the professionalization of the teacher in the classroom.

This article also introduced to an international audience the Early Childhood Program Quality Improvement and Indicator Model, now in its 4th edition and its implications with the advent of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems on a large scale in the USA.

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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