Regulatory Science’s Search for a Program Monitoring Paradigm and Some Key Relationships Between Compliance and Quality in Early Care and Education: A Policy Commentary

Here is a policy commentary manuscript that delineates the key elements or alternate program quality paradigms and their subsequent implications for regulatory compliance measurement and program quality that has been submitted to the Journal of Regulatory Science. This manuscript is intended for other licensing researchers and regulatory scientists as they deal with licensing measurement issues in regulatory science. Hopefully it provides some key parameters to consider as the regulatory science field matures into a full-blown science.

A brief comment about the Journal of Regulatory Science. This relatively new journal, started publishing in 2013, is an excellent forum for those researchers and scientists who are doing regulatory science related research. It is open sourced and encourages scientists from all content disciplines who have an interest in regulatory science to submit their research to the journal. I have been involved in research and publishing for 50 years and this journal and its approach is a breath of fresh air in their openness, attention to detail, and creating a peer review process that makes sense and is timely. I encourage any regulatory science researcher or scientist to check this journal out for sharing their research (https://journals.tdl.org/regsci/index.php/regsci/about).

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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