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Practice to Policy: How Louisiana Revamped Its Approach to Preschool

Child working on a project at preschool

By Sherryl Heller, PhD (Associate Professor, Tulane University School of Medicine) and Allison Boothe, PhD (Assistant Professor, Tulane University School of Medicine)  Preschool expulsion is both detrimental and prevalent. The good news is that we can prevent preschool expulsion through a process called early childhood mental health consultation (ECMHC). Now the question becomes “How do we do it?” Many states have ECMHC programs producing positive outcomes (e.g., Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, […]

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Can Preschool Expulsion Be Prevented? A Growing Body of Research Says Yes!

Preschool teacher with several students

By Deborah F. Perry, PhD (Associate Professor, Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development) When Dr. Walter Gilliam published his landmark study documenting that preschool children were getting expelled at 3 times the rate of kids in K-12 settings, a small but important finding was included. Rates of preschool expulsion were consistently lower when teachers had on-site access to a mental health professional for consultation.   Since then, many studies […]

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Equity and Excellence in the Earliest Years: Action on Expulsion and Suspension in Early Childhood Settings

By Shantel Meek, PhD (Policy Advisor for Early Childhood Development, Administration for Children and Families) Psychologists, neuroscientists and economists alike agree: The beginning years of any child’s life are critical for building the early foundation of health and wellness needed for success in school and later in life. As a community, we hold the responsibility of ensuring that children’s earliest experiences always foster- and never harm- their development, particularly during […]

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What Could Make Less Sense than Expelling a Preschooler?

By Walter S. Gilliam, PhD (Director, The Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy, Yale University) There are some children who do not benefit from early care and education programs – the ones not allowed to attend because they were kicked out. In fact, preschool expulsions occur at a rate more than three times that of grades K through 12. Decades of research tell us that high quality […]

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