Validating Licensing Compliance and Quality Early Childhood State Systems

Dr. Bentley Ponder
Dr. Rick Fiene
Wed, 02/26/2014 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

The BUILD Initiative and the QRIS National Learning Network hosted the 11th webinar in our "Let's Talk" series, Validating Licensing Compliance and Quality Early Childhood State Systems:

This session shared a validation framework that has been tested and used in a variety of ways in many states. The webinar also featured one state (Georgia) that has undertaken a validation study and how the results were used to inform practice related to health and state compliance and improving quality.

Speaker Biographies:

Dr. Bentley Ponder is the Director of Research and Evaluation at Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL). He is engaged in several distinct research and evaluation projects that include: evaluating the process of determining licensing compliance, validating the state’s Quality Rating Improvement System, conducting a longitudinal study of Georgia’s Pre-K program, measuring interrater reliability, and overseeing an early learning initiative that is part of the state’s K-12 Race to the Top Grant. Originally from Nashville TN, Dr. Ponder has been a resident of Georgia since 1995 and with DECAL since 2005.

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.

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