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.

Regulatory Compliance Validation Studies

Here are five studies that demonstrate validation of the Licensing Key Indicator (LKI), Risk Assessment Methodology (RAM), and Regulatory Compliance Theory (RCT). The studies were done in the states of Georgia (RAM, RCT), Washington (RAM, RCT) national with Head Start … Continue reading

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Comparison of Online Mandated Reporter Trainings

Here is a recently published article on comparing online mandated reporter trainings which highlights the iLookOut Child Abuse Prevention Training program. Very interesting state by state comparisons.

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Regulatory Science Metrics Matrix

The 2 x 2 matrix format has been used in many different contexts when it comes to decision making. I have found the 2 x 2 matrix very useful in regulatory science especially when it comes to measuring regulatory compliance … Continue reading

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Comparing the CLASS and ERS Program Quality Scales

Two of the most widely used early care and education program quality tools used in the field are the CLASS: Classroom Assessment Scoring System and ERS: Environmental Rating Scales. Is there an advantage to using one versus the other. In … Continue reading

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Key Indicators and Risk Assessment Applied to the Ten Commandments

I get asked all the time about what is the difference between the Key Indicator and the Risk Assessment methodologies. Generally I reply with a very academic type of response either explaining the difference given the research literature or the … Continue reading

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RegalMetrics Introduction

I have discussed licensing measurement a great deal in this blog. Today, I want to introduce a new term to basically describe what I have been discussing with licensing measurement, called Regulatory Metrics or RegalMetrics for short. The reason for … Continue reading

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Licensing Measurement/Regulatory Science Course Resources

Below are a series of resources for the licensing measurement/regulatory science course that are organized as anthologies and summarizing information from the RIKI Publications webpage. 1. Class Syllabus: Lists the 13 classes with a brief summary of what is to … Continue reading

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Regulatory Science, Differential Monitoring, and Licensing Measurement Technical Research Notes Anthology

Attached please find an anthology that contains technical research notes from the past decade on regulatory science, differential monitoring and licensing measurement. I thought it would be helpful to regulatory scientists and licensing researchers to have all these various research … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Improving Child Care Quality Through A Coaching Intervention

This article was published in 2002 in Child and Youth Care Forum. This article built off several studies in Pennsylvania which clearly demonstrated the lack of an effective professional development system, especially involving infant toddler caregivers. The mentoring/coaching intervention as … Continue reading

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The Use of Contact Hours Rather than Group Size or Adult Child Ratios as a Licensing Metric for Regulatory Compliance

This article was published in 1980 in NARA News as a licensing measurement enhancement. It really grew out of the regulatory compliance need being addressed at the national level with the changes being made in the Federal Interagency Day Care … Continue reading

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Solution to the Child Care Trilemma

This article appeared in the Child Care Information Exchange in the mid 1990s. In the early part of that decade, Gwen Morgan, one of the pioneers of early care and education (ECE) regulatory science and administration, proposed the child care … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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Regulatory Compliance Diminishing Returns

This article published in the Journal of Regulatory Science in 2019 has helped to create an interesting heuristic problematic for the regulatory science field. The essence of the treatise is moving regulatory policy from full compliance with all rules to … Continue reading

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Instrument Based Program Monitoring

This is an article written back in 1985 that really tied licensing measurement together into a quantitative approach of instrument based program monitoring rather than case anecdotal records and proposed the use of key indicators/predictor rules, risk assessment/weighting of rules, … Continue reading

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Federal, National, and State Reports on Licensing and Differential Monitoring

Attached are several examples of Federal, national, and state reports on state of the art licensing and differential monitoring initiatives. These reports have helped to shape the research efforts as we move forward with licensing and differential monitoring in early … Continue reading

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A Guide to the Regulatory Compliance Theory of Diminishing Returns and its Implications for Regulatory Science

This blog post will attempt to place the Regulatory Compliance Theory of Diminishing Returns into everyday terms addressing its potential implications beyond the human services and suggest how it can be applied anywhere in which standards/regulations/rules are utilized in the … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Licensing Measurement

The history of licensing measurement and regulatory compliance has actually a rather long lineage but is still in its infancy in terms of development. In the early stages most licensing visits and inspection results were recorded via anecdotal records/case records … Continue reading

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Key Indicator Model Statistics and Algorithms

A technical research note is provided for other licensing researchers and statisticians who are interested in replicating the methodology through the use of a alternate statistical software package, such as SPSS, Systat or SAS. The research note provides all the … Continue reading

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KIM (Key Indicator Matrix) and RAM (Risk Assessment Matrix) Matrices Integration Into One Platform

This technical research note will integrate the Key Indicator Matrix (KIM) and the Risk Assessment Matrix (RAM) into one platform to clearly demonstrate their statistical modeling overlap.  Key Indicators deal with the ability to predict overall compliance or performance based … Continue reading

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Early Childhood Program Quality Improvement/Indicator Model Version5 and the Latest Version of Licensing Measurement Slides

Here are two documents, one, a technical research note on the latest version of the Early Childhood Program Quality Improvement/Indicator Model (V5)(ECPQIM5a) and two, a powerpoint slide presentation on Licensing Measurement (PPT189).

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New Land Use Study in Kenya utilizing the Theory of Regulatory Compliance

Attached to this post is a new land use study completed in Kenya utilizing the Theory of Regulatory Compliance. It was published in the International Journal of Human Capital in Urban Management: Planning implication of universities growth on land use: … Continue reading

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The Latest Controversy in ECE: Failure of Pre-K and We’re Surprised?

I have been reading about the Tennessee Study regarding their Pre-K program and their lack of success. Unfortunately, the goals of the program to help very disadvantaged children gain and sustain those gains overtime did not come to fruition according … Continue reading

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Introducing the Theory of Regulatory Compliance to Neoclassical Economic Theory: Moving from a Linear to a Non-Linear Paradigm

In a previous RIKINote (4-8-2018), linear and non-linear models were discussed on a very broad scale. In this note, the Theory of Regulatory Compliance is being suggested as a non-linear paradigm to the dominant neoclassical economic theory and the linear … Continue reading

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Regulatory Compliance Scale

This blog post will propose a new Regulatory Compliance Scale (RCS)(Fiene, 2022) which should help in making comparisons between regulatory compliance and program quality systems, such as Environmental Rating Scales and Quality Rating & Improvement systems. The proposed scale builds … Continue reading

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Caring for Our Children

The major publications surrounding Caring for Our Children dealing with risk assessment and key indicators along with their respective checklists/tools. Each of the publications are listed here for your convenience.

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NRCKids “A Parent’s Guide to Choosing Safe and Healthy Child Care”

Here is the July 2019 National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education Guide for parents in choosing safe and healthy child care. It is a really nice checklist that should help parents in comparing … Continue reading

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Caring for Our Children Basics: A Brief History of Early Care and Education Standards and their Monitoring in the United States (USA) 

It all started in and around 1965 when the Federal government got into early care and education (ECE) in earnest with Head Start and federally funded day care for low-income families.  It started off slowly but began to pick up … Continue reading

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Program Monitoring Technical Research Notes related to Regulatory Compliance and Quality Key Elements

Two technical research notes dealing with a paradigm shift related to program monitoring and its subsequent impact on regulatory compliance and quality. These research notes help to develop the key elements, principles, and dimensions when thinking about designing and implementing … Continue reading

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Saskatchewan and Florida Differential Monitoring Projects

Attached below are two reports from Saskatchewan and Florida which delineate their respective experiences with developing differential monitoring systems.

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Key Regulatory Compliance, Early Care & Education, Licensing Measurement, Program Monitoring Publications

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Licensing Measurement Paradigm Considerations: Performance Assessments, Regulatory Compliance Modeling, Risk Assessment and Weighting

Below is a series of technical research notes dealing with licensing measurement paradigm considerations involving performance assessments, regulatory compliance modeling, risk assessment and weighting. It provides some of the latest thinking related to regulatory compliance and performance assessments as a … Continue reading

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RIKI Technical Research Note on the Licensing Key Indicator Predictor Methodology Threshold Updates, Regulatory Compliance, False Positives & Negatives, Data Dichotomization, and Licensing Measurement

Here are two papers dealing with the licensing key indicator predictor methodology, regulatory compliance and licensing management that help to round out some of the latest research in regulatory science utilizing an international database from the Early Childhood Program Quality … Continue reading

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NARA to Offer New Course on Licensing Measurement

Starting this Fall 2021, NARA – National Association for Regulatory Administration in conjunction with the Research Institute for Key Indicators (RIKI) will be offering a new course, Licensing Measurement and Systems. The course is being developed by Dr Richard Fiene, … Continue reading

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RIKI and NARA Renew their Exclusive Licensing Key Indicator Agreement for another 5 Years

This past January 2021, the National Association for Regulatory Administration (NARA) and the Research Institute for Key Indicators (RIKI) renewed their exclusive licensing key indicator agreement for 5 additional years. The new agreement has several interesting enhancements. Probably the most … Continue reading

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Academia Discussants Additional Papers

Here is the series of regulatory compliance and performance papers organized into an anthology for easy reading. I included the original paper as reference but after that paper all the other papers support and add to this original paper. Also, … Continue reading

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Rule Compliance Versus Rule Performance

Here is a short paper addressing the issue of rule compliance and rule performance which is being discussed a good deal in regulatory science circles. The paper addresses some of the major measurement principles of regulatory compliance, licensing and monitoring … Continue reading

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Child Care Aware of America’s Licensing Benchmark Project

Child Care Aware of America (CCAoA) has published a very significant new publication: The Child Care Licensing Benchmark Project building on the very important work they have been doing over the past 15-20 years related to child care center and … Continue reading

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A Treatise on Essential Early Care and Education

Here is a proposal for a new approach for reinventing early care and education in the post COVID19 Pandemic era. It is very controversial but one that needs to be put on our radar screen. After being in the early … Continue reading

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Using Science for Formulating ECE Public Policy

Here are three examples (all dealing with staff to child ratios) of using science in an innovative way to help formulate and guide early care and education (ECE) policy and standards/rules/regulations. -> The use of developmental play patterns in determining … Continue reading

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Contact Hour COVID19 Infection Rate Threshold Grid

Several previous posts presented a new contact hour metric for measuring compliance with staff child ratios and for monitoring potential COVID19 infection rates. However, a conversion table had only been proposed for the staff child ratios but not for the … Continue reading

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Mitigating the Limitations of the Regulatory Compliance Law of Diminishing Returns

A program quality enhancement is presented in the following Technical Research Note which should help to mitigate the limitations of the regulatory compliance law of diminishing returns. It has been noted that there is a ceiling/plateau effect when comparing regulatory … Continue reading

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NARA Webinar this week on their Key Indicator Methodology

Here is the link to register for NARA’s Webinar on their Licensing Key Indicator Methodology which will be aired on October 28th: https://www.naralicensing.org/webinars.

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NARA Webinar on Licensing Key Indicator Rules

Dr Fiene will be doing a NARA Webinar on Licensing Key Indicator Rules on October 28th from 1:00 – 2:00pm. Here are some concepts that Dr Fiene will cover in the Webinar contained in the attached file below:

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Key Indicator Webinar Will be Offered This Fall 2020

NARA will be doing a Licensing Key Indicator Webinar this Fall 2020. Many of the NARA Seminar participants were asking about this. A date has not been established, but it should be announced by NARA in the coming month or … Continue reading

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Some Takeaways from the NARA Licensing Seminar

There have been several very interesting discussions at the NARA Licensing Seminar that are worth sharing. Here are some takeaways from the various sessions that need highlighting. These highlighted items are pertinent to all human services and not just to … Continue reading

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National Meetings and Panels During the Month of September

During a two week time frame (Sept 7 – 21), Dr Fiene has had the opportunity to present and discuss pressing issues within early care and education related to COVID19. The Virtual NARA Licensing Seminar CCEEPRC Use of Licensing Data … Continue reading

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Presentation at the NARA Licensing Seminar on Validation of Key Indicators and Risk Assessment in the State of Washington and the Province of Saskatchewan

Next week on November 14th, 2020 Dr Fiene will be joining Dr Sonya Stevens from the Washington Department of Children, Youth, and Families; and Kim Taylor and Derek Pardy from the Province of Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Education to do a … Continue reading

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Presentation Made in the State of Washington by Stevens & Fiene on New Contact Hour Metric for Tracking COVID19 Infections in Child Care Centers

Here is a presentation that Drs Fiene and Stevens did last month to senior leadership in the Department of Children, Youth, and Families in the State of Washington. The presentation highlighted the encouraging results from a pilot study conducted in … Continue reading

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Campus Tycoons Having A Positive Impact

Here is a wonderful example of how students are making a positive impact. I have posted about Pandemic Analytics in a previous post after learning about their work with schools and businesses. But what really catches your attention in this … Continue reading

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National Association for Regulatory Administration’s 2020 Virtual Licensing Seminar, Sept 14-16, 2020

2020 Virtual Licensing Seminar September 14-16 NARA presents this year’s concurrent session schedule for the 2020 Virtual Licensing Seminar! This year we’re featuring great conversations centered on the great work that you all do. Check out the sessions highlighted below and register … Continue reading

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Updated Health and Safety Briefs from the National Center for Early Childhood Quality Assurance

The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance (ECQA Center) is pleased to share an updated series of briefs about the health and safety training topics required in the 2016 Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Program Final Rule for all child care providers … Continue reading

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Re-Opening Your Facility and Keeping It Open Safely During A Pandemic

Here is a creative model to deal with reopening schools, early care and education programs, large group settings, businesses, and then monitoring them over time. Ari Rosner provides us with a brilliant approach to setting up a defined space using … Continue reading

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Journal of Regulatory Science Article on a Mixed Method Program Evaluation of a Focused Child Care Monitoring Checklist

A very important and significant study was reported in the Journal of Regulatory Science: A Mixed Method Program Evaluation of Annual Inspections Conducted in Childcare Programs in Washington State by Dr Sonya Stevens. This mixed method study used a program … Continue reading

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Virtual/Remote Inspections for Early Care and Education Programs

Licensing and Monitoring agencies are beginning to look more at doing “Virtual” or “Remote” inspections because of the COVID19 Pandemic. Attached below is a series of papers dealing with some key elements of this discussion: an introductory statement, NARA “Remote … Continue reading

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ECPQIM: Early Childhood Program Quality Improvement & Indicator Model Tool and Validation

Here is a draft of the Early Childhood Program Quality Improvement and Indicator Model Tool (ECPQIM Tool) based upon the key indicator methodology combining indicators from both research on regulatory compliance and program quality over the past 40 years.  It … Continue reading

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Proposed COVID19 Mitigation Logic Model

A week or two ago, I posted “A Tale of Two Trends” in which I attempted to show trends in daily COVID19 infection rates for countries that were successful and those that were not. This post deals with a proposed … Continue reading

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COVID19 Daily Infection Rates: “The Tale of Two Trends”

COVID19 Daily Infection Rates: The Top 25 Countries and Trends in the Data “The Tale of Two Trends” Richard Fiene, Ph.D. July 2020 I have been monitoring the COVID19 daily infection rates since the Johns Hopkins University site was established … Continue reading

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The Washington State Foster Care Study

The state of Washington Department of Children, Youth, and Families just published a significant foster care pilot study utilizing an innovative key predictive methodology. A mixed method correlational exploratory pilot was conducted in Washington State to determine items within the … Continue reading

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ECE Validation Studies Completed in Washington State and the Province of Saskatchewan

Two large scale early care and education validation studies were completed in the state of Washington and in the Province of Saskatchewan demonstrating the effectiveness and efficiency of the differential monitoring approaches of risk assessment and key indicators. Attached below … Continue reading

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Washington State Pilot Study Demonstrates Effectiveness of Contact Hours Metric in Determining COVID19 Potential Infections in Child Care

An exciting development has occurred in a child care pilot study in the state of Washington in which a new monitoring methodology appears to be able to build a metric that is effective at determining potential COVID19 infection rates.  The … Continue reading

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Ten Principles for Reopening Early Care and Education Programs

1)  It appears that “distancing” is a key element in the spread of the virus.  Square footage, staff-child-ratio and group size are the three standards/regulations that probably have the most impact on “distancing”.  Chances are the fewer staff and children … Continue reading

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Child Care Trilemma Out of Balance

The Child Care Trilemma of Affordability, Availability, and Quality had reached somewhat of a balance over the past 50 years since its original identification.  However, recently in the quest to get child care programs back up and running, the balancing … Continue reading

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New iLookOut Publication on Cognitive Mapping

The iLookOut Research Team from the College of Medicine, Penn State Hershey, Bloomsburg University, New York University, and the University of Oklahoma have recently had their research into cognitive mapping published in the Journal of Distance Education and e-Learning.  Please … Continue reading

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Formulae for a Contact Hours Metric to be Used in Emergency Child Care Technical Research Note

In an earlier email posted on emergency child care, there was mention about the need to develop a new metric dealing with contact hours.  The attached short technical research note provides a methodology for developing such a metric: Since monitoring … Continue reading

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Licensing Principles for Emergency Child Care

Based upon conversations that have been occurring at the national level I wanted to share the following principles that I think apply to licensing of emergency child care: 1)  We need to rethink the philosophy of “Do No Harm” and … Continue reading

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Emergency Child Care

Here is a concept paper on the need for emergency child care because of the COVID-19 pandemic and how best to meet the need: CARING FOR OUR CHILDREN AND EMERGENCY CHILD CARE FOR ESSENTIAL WORKERS The two papers mentioned in … Continue reading

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Developmental Time/Space Continuum Theory: The Dimensionality of Space, Time as Space in Motion, and the Spatial Acquisition Device (SAD)

I am going to make a very different post this time versus my past blogs in this column.  What I am sharing: Developmental Time/Space Continuum (DT/SC) Theory (see attached technical research note below) is something I have been working on … Continue reading

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Fiene to Receive “VOICE for Children Distinguished Career Award”

Dr Richard Fiene will be receiving a Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children VOICE for Children Distinguished Career Award (PennAEYC Award Announcement) in April of this year.   Dr Fiene’s career spans 5 decades from the early 1970’s until … Continue reading

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Public Library of Science PLOS One: The iLookOut Research Study

Attached is the latest research article detailing the iLookOut Study and Program, Penn State, College of Medicine, Center for the Protection of Children: Generalizing findings from a randomized controlled trial to a real-world study of the iLookOut, an online education program … Continue reading

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CCDF Resource Manual and Differential Monitoring Algorithms

Below please find links to the CCDF Resource Manual which is a tremendous resource to state agency administrators as they are busy complying with the standards of the Child Care Development Fund.  The Office of Child Care has done a … Continue reading

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NARA Annual Licensing Seminar

The National Association for Regulatory Administration (NARA) annual licensing seminar is next week.  It brings together key researchers, policy administrators, and licensing staff and administrators to discuss the latest developments in regulatory administration and science.  Attached is an overview highlighting … Continue reading

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Three RIKI Technical Research Notes for Scientists, ECPQIM Data Distributions, and Principles of Regulatory Compliance Measurement

Listed in this RIKINotes blog are three RIKIllc Technical Research Notes for psychological scientists (geared for all scientists considering research with regulatory compliance data)(1), ECPQI2M (Early Childhood Program Quality Improvement and Indicator Model) data distributions(2), and proposed principles of regulatory … Continue reading

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Economic Application Utilizing the Theory of Regulatory Compliance

Here is an article published in the Academic Journal of Economic Studies utilizing the Theory of Regulatory Compliance (Fiene, 2016; 2019).  The study appraises the quality of compliance upheld by selected Nigerian and Ghanaian manufacturing companies to minimum disclosure requirements … Continue reading

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Exchange Leadership Initiative – New Exchange Leaders Announced

The July-August 2019 Issue of the Child Care Exchange Magazine was just published and I have the distinct honor to be included as one of the new Exchange Leaders announced in this edition of the magazine.  I feel humbled to … Continue reading

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A Theory of Early Childhood Outcomes

Attached is a technical research note/abstract (RIKInote #75) on proposing a theory of early childhood outcomes based upon the combined impacts of professional development, program quality, and regulatory compliance.  This is an attempt to combine these major systems into a … Continue reading

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Capital Area Early Childhood Training Institute Reunion

We had a wonderful reunion of many of the staff and faculty from Penn State CAECTI – Capital Area Early Childhood Training Institute.  It was wonderful seeing everyone again.  Here is a picture from the reunion.

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Preparation for Washington State’s Validation Study Kick Off Meetings Next Week

I am in the midst of preparing to fly to Seattle next week to be part of the Washington State’s Validation Study Kick Off (NARA WA Validation) meetings in Olympia.  This is a really big deal in early care and … Continue reading

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iLookOut to appear in the Journal of Early Child Development and Care

A description of the iLookOut Program for Child Abuse Prevention will appear in the Journal of Early Child Development and Care. It was published online yesterday, June 7, 2019.  Below is the journal eprint. Ilookout for child abuse conceptual and … Continue reading

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News from the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center at Penn State

Here is the latest news (May 23, 2019) from the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center at Penn State University highlighting events, faculty, staff, students, and affiliates. News and Updates from PRC Faculty, Staff, Students and Affiliates

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Exchange Leadership Initiative

I got this wonderful news today, it is truly an honor to be included: Dear Rick, Congratulations – you have been chosen to be an Exchange Leader.  You will be included in the article featuring our newest Exchange Leaders in the … Continue reading

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Journal of Regulatory Science: A Treatise on Regulatory Compliance

The Journal of Regulatory Science is publishing “A Treatise on the Theory of Regulatory Compliance (Fiene TRC JRS 7 2019)” this month (Volume 7)(doi.org/10.21423/jrs-v07fiene).  This article presents the latest research and thinking in how this theory impacts regulatory science and … Continue reading

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iLookOut Child Abuse Prevention Program: An Online Learning Program for Protecting Children

The iLookOut Child Abuse Prevention program has clearly demonstrated that it significantly improves knowledge about abuse, and attitudes regarding what is needed to protect children from harm and has resulted in individuals feeling better prepared to respond to child maltreatment.  … Continue reading

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Dr. Philip Zimbardo gives talk at Penn State Harrisburg

Dr. Philip Zimbardo is an influential psychologist best-known for his 1971 Stanford prison experiment. Many psychology students may also be familiar with his psychology textbooks and the Discovering Psychology video series often used in high school and psychology classrooms. Zimbardo is also … Continue reading

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New Saskatchewan and NARA Project Demonstrating the Efficacy of ECPQIM and Differential Monitoring

It is exciting to announce a new differential monitoring project in the Province of Saskatchewan, Canada being done by NARA – National Association for Regulatory Administration.   This project will assist the Ministry of Education in developing a full blown differential … Continue reading

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Effectiveness and Efficiency Relationship

RIKI Technical Research Note #70 – Effectiveness and Efficiency Relationship with resultant Cost Benefit Analysis modeling based upon data from the Theory of Regulatory Compliance.  This technical research note depicts a graphic display of the relationship between effectiveness and efficiency … Continue reading

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Child Care Aware of America’s Child Care Licensing Database Report

Child Care Aware published a very significant report (Child Care Aware of America’s Child Care Licensing Database: Initial Findings) on state licensing throughout the USA.  It builds upon their innovative reports “We Can Do Better“.  This new report series utilizes … Continue reading

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Updating the Theory of Compliance with Big Data Analysis via the Key Indicator Methodology

There is a major movement within the human services involving big data where rather than selecting samples to do analyses state/provincial agencies have the capability to provide basically population data.  For the Theory of Regulatory Compliance as it involves the … Continue reading

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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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Child Care Licensing Study Trend Analysis

After returning from a stimulating week at the National Association for Regulatory Administration’s (NARA) Licensing Seminar and the Expert Licensing Panel hosted by NARA and the National Center for Early Childhood Quality Assurance (NCECQA), I learned about a new resource … Continue reading

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Follow-Up Detail to the Three State Standards Validation Using Stepping Stones as a National Standard

Below I have a hotlink to a chart and graphic display which provides additional detail to an earlier RIKI Blog post on a three state standards validation study using Stepping Stones to Caring for Our Children.   The chart provides the … Continue reading

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