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.


For all future research and development for differential monitoring, risk assessment and key indicator methodologies please go to the NARA – National Association for Regulatory Administration.   Dr Fiene pictured with Tara Orlowski, NARA President and Marcus Williams, NARA Executive … Continue reading

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Before or during the first three months of employment, training and orientation should detail health and safety issues for early care and education settings including, but not limited to, typical and atypical child development; pediatric first aid and CPR; safe … Continue reading

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All caregivers/teachers and staff in early care and education settings (in addition to any individual age 18 and older, or a minor over age 12 if allowed under State law and if a registry/database includes minors, residing in a family … Continue reading

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As promised, I said I would periodically post selected standards from Caring for Our Children Basics ( and talk about why they are important. For the interested reader, I would suggest going to the full Caring for Our Children ( book to get the … Continue reading

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SAFE AND HEALTHY EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION (ECE) VOLUNTARY STANDARDS I would like to start a discussion related to early care and education (ECE) quality with the publication of Caring for Our Children Basics (CFOCB), the new voluntary health and … Continue reading

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