Stepping Stones to Caring for Our Children

This webinar will provide an overview of the structure and content of Stepping Stones to Caring for Our Children. Stepping Stones was developed to be used by multiple audiences to promote quality early care and education settings.  Stepping Stones standards are those that focus on the practices that are most likely to prevent harm and adverse outcomes in children in all early care and education settings. Learn how Stepping Stones can be used as a risk assessment tool for early education and child care programs, gap analysis tool for licensing standards, and training assessment tool for health consultants.

Danette Swanson Glassy - For 25 years Dr. Danette Swanson Glassy has been a primary care pediatrician at Mercer Island Pediatrics near Seattle. For the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) she is co-chair of the Executive Committee of the Council on Early Childhood, and a member of the Head Start National Center on Health Advisory Committee.  She is Co-Editor of the third edition of Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Standards for Out-of-Home Care, 3rd Edition and the spin off Stepping Stones to Caring for Our Children.   She also serves as the Chapter Child Care Contact (CCCC) in Washington State and mentors other CCCCs.

Dr. Glassy advocates for quality environments and experiences for young children by lobbying, tweeting (@GlassyMD) and facilitating community projects.  Much of this work is in collaboration with the Washington Chapter, AAP ( as the Early Learning Committee Co-Chair, with the Coalition for Safety and Health in Early Learning ( and as a board member of BestStart Washington (

Rick 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.

While this speaker has been carefully chosen by NARA to present relevant information to our members, the views and opinions expressed in this webinar, unless expressly stated otherwise, are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of NARA.

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