Using Research to Improve Child Care

The attached report is as relevant today as it was 25 years ago; it is a synthesis of major issues, policy questions, available research findings and information needs in child care policy, presented in a form that can provide a framework for ongoing dialogue and action by the research community in partnership with state child care administrators and other key stakeholders.


This report builds upon work at the Child Care Policy Research Symposium, sponsored by the
Child Care Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, US Department of Health and Human Services. The Symposium brought together researchers, child care policymakers and state and federal staff for a unique opportunity to discuss current research efforts and the research needs of state child care administrators.

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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