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Document Number: 9817

Implementing Policies to Reduce the Likelihood of Preschool Expulsion - This policy brief seeks to identify the program characteristics associated with higher pre-k expulsion rates and the policies that can lead to lower expulsion rates. It notes that having more children per teacher, longer class days, and teachers with higher stress levels are associated with greater expulsion rates. Rather than expelling children, the brief recommends better supports for teachers, including more access to early childhood mental health consultants. The author also recommends larger investments in data collection on pre-k expulsion and in research on how family involvement, teacher training, and programs supporting children with special needs before the pre-k years can help reduce expulsions. (Walter Gilliam, Foundation for Child Development, January 2008)...

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