Province of Saskatchewan to Undertake New Study Piloting An Early Childhood Quality Indicators Tool

Starting this Fall-Winter 2022-2023, the Province of Saskatchewan, Ministry of Education will be conducting a study with the assistance of the National Association for Regulatory Administration on a Quality Indicators Tool (the Saskatchewan Early Childhood Quality Indicators Tool). The Ministry of Education will be the first to attempt utilizing an early childhood quality tool based upon the key indicators’ methodology as designed and implemented by Dr Richard Fiene, the author/creator of the methodology and the National Association for Regulatory Administration who is the official disseminator of the methodology.

The Province of Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Education has been at the forefront of licensing and differential monitoring in conducting several cutting edge and groundbreaking research studies into the validation of differential monitoring, licensing key indicators and risk assessment methodologies. They are clearly in a leadership role in North America and in the world when it comes to utilizing these innovative methodologies. They are the first jurisdiction to have validated both their differential monitoring key indicator and risk assessments systems at the same time.

This Blog will keep an up to date progress report as they move forward with this initiative and the results of their pilot study (a monthly or every other month progress report will be issued via this RIKINotes Blog). The results of the study will have wide spread ramifications in attempting to improve early care and education programs in the most cost effective and efficient manner possible in both Canada and the USA, especially now with the pressures that have been placed upon the field post COVID19.

Below is the Final Validation Report that was completed last year on the Saskatchewan Differential Monitoring System which has a draft of the Quality Indicators Tool, it is towards the back of the report.

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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