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Richard Fiene

Professor, HDFS/Psychology (Ret.)


Richard Fiene has been working in prevention research for over 40 years, focusing on childcare policy, childcare quality and human service regulatory administration. Rick played a vital role in the development of national childcare standards for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and was a key contributor to the development of Caring for Children Basics: Health and Safety Foundations for Early Care and Education.

Rick initially started in prevention research because he wanted to have a positive impact on children’s’ lives. He believed that researchers were not paying enough attention to the licensing of childcare programs and decided to base his career on improving this area of research. Forty years later, Rick has over 60 peer-reviewed publications on this topic.

Rick has worked on several key projects, including the Pennsylvania Early Childhood Quality Study; KeyStone STARS: Pennsylvania’s Quality Rating and Improvement System; Head Start Key Indicator System Stepping Stones for Caring for Our Children; iLookOut Child Abuse Prevention Program; Infant Toddler Caregiver Mentoring Program; Quality Indicators of Child Care Quality; Differential Monitoring; and Key Indicator and Risk Assessment ECE Systems in the majority of states and several Canadian Provinces.

Rick enjoys working with the Center because it offers an open exchange of ideas and interests, creative dialogue with colleagues, and a synergistic energy through collaboration. Rick received the National Association for Regulatory Administration President’s Award in 2010. He serves as the president of the Research Institute for Key Indicators and is a senior consultant for the National Association for Regulatory. Rick looks forward to continuing his work with the ACF and HHS in developing monitoring systems for childcare and Head Start Program quality. 

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