Dr Richard Fiene


Dr. Fiene has spent his professional career in improving the quality of child care in Pennsylvania, 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 Improvement & Indicator Model (ECPQIM) of training, technical assistance, mentoring, licensing, monitoring, and accreditation (for additional information go to:  RIKILLC Institute). 


The child care models that he developed in the 1970s and 1980s have been used in the majority of states to improve their licensing/regulatory systems and were the precursors to the development of quality rating systems. 


A Parent’s Guide to Choosing Safe and Healthy Child Care published by the Federal Department of Health and Human Services and used by the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care is based upon 13 Indicators of Child Care Quality (the Fiene Key Indicators) and has been used as a checklist by parents nationally to select child care (Parents Guide Checklist). This checklist was highlighted in a Parade Magazine article (7/19/09) The New Push For Quality Child Care. In addition, the Fiene Key Indicators have been used as part of NACCRRA’s Report Card on Child Care Quality: We CAN Do Better.

Dr. Fiene received the PennAEYC 2020 Voice for Children Distinguished Career Award.

Here is a Book of Readings on the ECPQIM model:

Dr Richard Fiene, Senior Research Psychologist, Research Institute for Key Indicators;

Affiliate Professor & Retired Professor of Psychology, Penn State University;

Senior Research Consultant, National Association for Regulatory Administration

Biographic Sketch:

Research Institute for Key Indicators RIKILLC

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