Preschool Suspension & Expulsion

Suspension & Expulsion in Preschool? Does This Really Happen?

Did you know that…

  • 44% of providers have asked a child to take a break for a number of days or to shorten the hours they are in a program? (This is suspension).
  • 51% of polled providers in Nevada have asked a child to leave their program because of challenging behavior? (This is expulsion).
  • Many providers report expelling children as young as one year old.
  • When providers complete Pyramid Model training, they report 70% fewer challenging behaviors (data is from 2018 Nevada Provider Survey).

Children in preschool are suspended up to three times the rate of their K-12 peers. In 2014, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human services released a joint policy statement providing states with recommendations to address this nation-wide problem. These recommendations included providing early childhood programs with multi-tiered systems of support (e.g., The Pyramid Model), training and support to implement best practices related to social-emotional learning and challenging behavior.

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School Suspensions Are an Adult Behavior