Expulsion and Suspension Policies in Early Childhood Settings

Policy
December 10, 2014

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Education (ED) recently released a policy statement with a goal of "preventing and severely limiting expulsion and suspension practices in early childhood settings."

The joint statement aims to:

  • Raise awareness about expulsion, suspension, and other exclusionary discipline practices in early childhood settings, including issues of racial/national origin/ethnic and sex disparities and negative outcomes for children associated with expulsion and suspension in the early years
  • Provide recommendations to early childhood programs and States on establishing preventive, disciplinary, suspension, and expulsion policies and administering those policies free of bias and discrimination
  • Provide recommendations on setting goals and using data to monitor progress in preventing, severely limiting, and ultimately eliminating expulsion and suspension practices in early childhood settings
  • Highlight early childhood workforce competencies and evidence-based interventions and approaches that prevent expulsion, suspension, and other exclusionary discipline practices, including early childhood mental health consultation and positive behavior intervention and support strategies
  • Identify free resources to support States, programs, teachers, and providers in addressing children’s social-emotional and behavioral health, strengthening family-program relationships, increasing developmental and behavioral screening and follow-up, and eliminating racial/national origin/ethnic, sex, or disability biases and discrimination in early learning settings
  • Identify free resources to support families in fostering young children’s development, socialemotional and behavioral health, and relationships

Source: policy statement (link below)

For more information, please download a copy of the policy statement at this link (PDF): https://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/school-discipline/policy-statement-ece-expulsions-suspensions.pdf