Penn State Researcher Impacting Child Care Quality Nationally

May 17, 2007

The National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) utilized research conducted by Dr. Richard Fiene, associate professor of human development and family studies, in its "National Report on Child Care Quality." The report, which was released in March 2007, ranks the states in terms of how well they promote child care quality. (For the full report, please visit

Dr. Fiene's research monograph, “13 Indicators of Quality Child Care,” has been used extensively by researchers, state and federal agencies, and national organizations since it was published in 2002. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National Child Care Association have used the indicators in the development of their accreditation systems, the National Association of Regulatory Administration in its national licensing curriculum, and the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in the development of national health and safety standards in child care. To view the full research monograph please visit  

Dr. Fiene is director of the Urban Community Partnership Initiative and the Capital Area Health and Human Development Institute, both in the Penn State College of Health and Human Development. A research psychologist specializing in early childhood program evaluation, he has worked for the past 35 years at the state and national level on several infancy-related research projects. In addition to maintaining various faculty and staff appointments with Penn State for more than 30 years, Fiene has served as director of the Division of Licensing Systems and Research in the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. He also was a special assistant to the Deputy Secretary in the Pennsylvania Office of Children Youth and Families, co-chaired the Cross Systems Licensing Project in the state departments of Public Welfare, Aging and Health, and served as a consultant to the National Center for Maternal and Child Health, National Center for Clinical Infant Programs, National Child Care Association, National Child Welfare Resource Center, Mathematica Policy Research and other federal and state agencies.

Fiene has been a national commissioner for the Academy of Early Childhood Programs; project director of National Early Childhood Program Accreditation; president of Early Childhood Program Evaluation Associates; and president of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association’s Community Psychology Division. He is currently a Fellow of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association.

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