Suspension and expulsion of preschool age children has become a national focus, but do we all recognize it when we see it in early childhood settings? This training examines the definitions of suspension vs. expulsion and differences and similarities in guidance documents from USDHHS, USDoE, and AAP/CFOC. The training also answers the following questions:
-How do we know if there is a problem in Kansas?
-Who are the kids getting expelled from childcare and preschool programs, and what happens to them?
-What can programs/teachers/providers do to prevent suspension and expulsion in early care and education settings?
Participants will have the opportunity to identify and reflect on their own practices in relation to factors associated with increased use of exclusionary practices in child care and preschool settings and leave with an action plan for improving practices. Extensive resources will be provided including sample program policies aligned with state and federal guidance, an online self-assessment for program leaders that links to specific resources, and extended online professional development resources for staff.