Author Archives: Dr Fiene

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.

NARA Presentation in Indiana on Differential Monitoring and Key Indicators

NARA – National Association for Regulatory Administration conducted a presentation in Indiana on differential monitoring and key indicators (February 14, 2019).  Please go to the following Facebook Live link to see the presentation: Facebook Live Link  

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The Relationship between Regulatory Compliance and Quality Initiatives: RIKIllc Technical Research Note #67

The Relationship between Early Care & Education Quality Initiatives and Regulatory Compliance: RIKIllc Technical Research Note #67 Richard Fiene, Ph.D. February 2019   Over the past couple of decades there has been many early care and education initiatives, such as Quality … Continue reading

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Dissertation on the Effectiveness CCR&R Services Using a Coaching Model on Licensing Compliance

Here is an interesting Early Care and Education Dissertation completed by a doctoral student at the University of South Carolina, Wenjia Wang.  “The purposes of this study were to investigate the significance of the impact of CCR&R services using a coaching … Continue reading

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Boston Globe Article

The following article appeared in the Boston Globe this morning: With New Day-Care Inspection System, High Caseloads and Shorter Visits – The Boston Globe

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Some Technical Considerations in Using Complaint Data and Regulatory Compliance Data: RIKIllc Technical Research Note #66

Some Technical Considerations in Using Complaint Data and Regulatory Compliance Data: RIKIllc Technical Research Note #66 Richard Fiene, Ph.D. January 2019   As promised in RIKIllc Technical Research Note #65, this Note will provide details on the and analytical considerations … Continue reading

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Relationship between Regulatory Compliance and Complaints in a Human Services Licensing System: RIKIllc Technical Research Note #65

What is the Relationship between Regulatory Compliance and Complaints Richard Fiene, Ph.D. January 2019   Within licensing measurement and the validation of licensing systems it is particularly difficult to have specific outcome metrics that can be measured within a human services … Continue reading

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Data Distributions for the Major ECE Systems: Licensing, QRIS, and ERS

I thought it important to share with researchers who may be doing ECE research on Licensing, QRIS – Quality Rating and Improvement Systems, and ERS – Environmental Rating Scales.  Usually when we are doing research, we find the data to … Continue reading

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Theory of Regulatory Compliance and Quadratic Regression

Here is a RIKIllc brief technical research note on the Theory of Regulatory Compliance and quadratic regressions: Theory of Regulatory Compliance and Quadratic Regression   

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Evolution of Differential Monitoring

Attached please find a Technical Research Note on the Evolution of Differential Monitoring with special emphasis on Key Indicators and Risk Assessment. Evolution of Differential Monitoring

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The Importance of Immunizations

Having children properly immunized is a very important goal within public health.  It helps to protect children’s health.  Within early care and education programs, immunizations are both a standard of care as well as an outcome of that care.  Recently, … Continue reading

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