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Justice Denied from the Start: What Happens When Preschoolers Get Expelled?

  • LBJ Presidential Library 2313 Red River Street Austin, TX, 78705 United States (map)

Every child deserves the opportunity to develop, learn, and thrive in a supportive environment. Yet, thousands of young children are suspended or expelled from preschool every year. In fact, preschoolers are expelled at more than three times the rate of their K-12 peers. And children of color are more likely to be suspended than their white peers. This practice deprives young children of the benefit of early childhood education and may leave unaddressed the mental health issues that lead to challenging behaviors.

Join the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law for a dialogue on February 1 with early childhood experts on preschool expulsion, early childhood mental health consultation, and the role of the Head Start program and laying a foundation for success in school. Our panel will explore the role of implicit bias in preschool expulsion and how to prevent behaviors in both children and adults that lead to suspensions and expulsions. Come to exchange ideas and inspire solutions as we all work to tackle the critical work of ensuring all children have a pathway to dignity and healthy development.

Featured speakers will include:

Walter S. Gilliam, Director of the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy at the Yale University Child Study Center

Stephanie Rubin, CEO, Texans Care for Children
Patrick Sanders, Head Start Director, Child Inc.

Ann Courter, Director, Early Childhood Justice, Shriver Center