Resources Related to Reducing Suspension and Expulsion Practices in Early Childhood Settings

At the White House Summit on Early Education, Secretaries Burwell and Duncan announced the release of a policy statement on expulsion and suspension practices in early learning settings. Exclusionary discipline practices occur at high rates in early learning settings, and at even higher rates for young boys of color. The effort, part of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, encourages states, early childhood programs, and families to partner in preventing, reducing, and eventually eliminating the expulsion and suspension of young children from early learning programs. Learn more about reducing suspension and expulsion practices in early childhood settings.

Resources for States

States play a key role in eliminating expulsion and suspension, by establishing developmentally appropriate policies, investing in the early childhood workforce, and relaying critical information to parents and programs. States can access the resources below to assist in preventing and eliminating expulsion and suspension practices. View additional resources on Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (ECMHC) and Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS). For a more extensive resource list, see Appendix 5 in the Policy Statement.


Resources for Early Childhood Programs, Schools and Staff

The following resources offer support for superintendents, program directors, principals, teachers, providers, and other staff to prevent and eliminate expulsions and suspensions in early childhood settings. View additional resources on Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (ECMHC) and Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS). For a more extensive resource list, see Appendix 4 in the Policy Statement.


Resources for Parents, Families and Caregivers

Preventing expulsion and suspension will require a strong partnership with families. Programs should treat families as the foremost experts on their children and as such, exchange information relevant to the child’s culture, social-emotional and behavioral strengths and concerns, approaches to learning, and strategies for learning and positive behavior that work at home. Below is a sample of resources to share with families to facilitate this partnership and information sharing. For a more extensive list, see Appendix 3 in the Policy Statement.


Resources for Community Partners

Preventing expulsion and suspension will require a community-wide effort, with shared responsibility for supporting the success of all children. Below are a sample of resources that community partners can access to help reduce expulsion and suspension in their communities.


Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (ECMHC) is a multi-level preventive intervention that teams mental health professionals with people who work with young children and their families to improve their social-emotional and behavioral health and development. The sample of resources below provide information and resources to implement ECMHC. For a more extensive list, see Appendix 1 in the Policy Statement.


Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS)

Program-wide PBIS is a systems approach to establishing the social culture and behavioral supports needed for all children in a school or early childhood program to achieve both social and academic success. The resources below provide information and resources to implement PBIS:

Last Reviewed: June 19, 2017