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Alliance-Funded 50-State Policy Survey Gives Early Childhood Advocates a Comprehensive Look at ECE Expulsion Policy

BULD Initiative and the National Center for Children in Poverty Compile Policy Approaches, Barriers, and Recommendations in the New Resource

An increasing number of states have established policies that aim to reduce or eliminate expulsion and suspension from early care and education (ECE) settings. This trend reflects growing recognition among policymakers that young children are harmed by exclusionary practices, and that new policies and supports for programs can prevent these practices so all children can benefit from quality early care and education.

A new brief – researched and compiled by the BUILD Initiative and the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) at the Bank Street Graduate School of Education – reports the types and prevalence of state policies implemented to support educators and prevent expulsion. The report also compares approaches and offers recommendations for states looking to further their efforts to reduce expulsions.

The comprehensive brief covers policies’ reach across different types of ECE programs, the features of states’ expulsion and suspension policies, the key barriers to developing and implementing expulsion and suspension policy, and states’ provision of supports to ECE programs to help them promote children’s social-emotional well-being and address challenging behavior. There are also several state case studies.  

The brief was funded by the Alliance for Early Success, who engages the BUILD Initiative and NCCP to provide expertise and support to state advocates as they educate policymakers and state agency leadership about systems, quality, and impacts in early childhood programs.