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Building a Comprehensive State Policy Strategy to Prevent Expulsion from Early Learning Settings

The Office of Child Care’s (OCC) Child Care State Capacity Building Center (SCBC) recently released Building a Comprehensive State Policy Strategy to Prevent Expulsion from Early Learning Settings, a new resource that provides a review of expulsion research and discusses three key dimensions of expulsion. It also includes the Expulsion Policy Strategy Tool—a practical tool designed to support states and territories in creating and implementing a multifaceted policy approach to support programs, families, and children.

The Expulsion Policy Strategy Tool lays out a rubric for a range of policy options to promote young children’s social-emotional development and to reduce the likelihood of expulsion and suspension in early learning settings. The tool is closely aligned with the 2014 Child Care and Development Fund program reauthorization, and it can be used to identify strengths and to set priorities for action. It is designed to support the development of state-level strategies to build quality, equity, and capacity in early learning settings.

The complex problems of expulsion and suspension require policy action across all early learning settings and in partnerships with other sectors, and the tool is organized with this idea in mind. The Expulsion Policy Strategy Tool provides an approach to preventing suspension and expulsion that acknowledges the role of many critical programs, such as those focused on child care assistance, quality rating and improvement systems, workforce and professional development, licensing, and behavioral and mental health.

SCBC thanks many partners for contributing to this work, including participants in two peer learning groups on this topic; the BUILD Initiative; the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning; and the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness.

About SCBC

The Child Care State Capacity Building Center works with state and territory leaders and their partners to create innovative early childhood systems and programs that improve results for children and families. Its priorities are enhancing the effectiveness of programs implemented under the Child Care and Development Fund program and improving the quality and affordability of child care services that meet the needs of low-income working parents.

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Office of Child Care

Administration for Children and Families

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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