Pyramid Model for Early Childhood Education

Pyramid Model for Early Childhood Education


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Challenging behavior is an issue for many young children. Approximately 10% to 15% of typically developing preschoolers have behavior problems when they enter kindergarten. Therefore, promoting positive social-emotional competence in all children and intervening before social-emotional difficulties spiral out of control is important for children to be successful from the very beginning.

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Information and Resources to Assist States in Developing Policy on Early Childhood Suspension and Expulsion

High-quality preschool lays the foundation for a child’s educational career. Preschool is where children are learning how to self-regulate, make friends, communicate, and express their wants and needs while preparing for their educational career within the K-12 system. If children do not have the behavioral and social-emotional skills needed to effectively participate in preschool programs, they are missing critical opportunities to grow and learn. Teachers and parents are often the “first responders” to address challenging behaviors and need knowledge, resources and support to nurture positive social-emotional development as a foundation of learning. This report includes resources to inform early childhood stakeholders at the state and local level interested in developing policy and guidance for programs to prevent and reduce suspension and expulsion.

Ceelo Policy Report
Standing Together Against Suspension & Expulsion in Early Childhood

Every year, as many as 8,710 3- and 4- year-old children may be expelled from or pushed out of their state-funded preschool or prekindergarten classroom.

Standing Together Against Suspension & Expulsion in Early Childhood

The Pyramid Equity Project

This document addresses problems with suspending and expelling preschool aged children, the federal response to this problem, and how to take action.

Addressing Preschool Suspension and Expulsion

Suspension & Expulsion in Preschool Development States: Policies and Practices

The expulsion and suspension of preschool age children has been a growing issue for states, receiving considerable attention at many levels. This report shares the ways in which Preschool Development Grant states are responding to the expulsion and suspension of their youngest students, outlining policies and practices used. The report also discusses relevant federal and state policies aimed at mitigating the excessive use of expulsion and suspension for preschool students.

Suspension & Expulsion in Preschool Development States: Policies and Practices