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Expulsion Rates Are Higher for Prekindergarten Students Than for Other Children, Study Finds

6/16/2005:   Prekindergarten students are expelled at rates more than three times that of children in grades K-12, according to a study by researchers at the Yale Child Study Center on the rate of expulsion in prekindergarten programs serving 3- and 4-year-olds.

The study found that though rates of expulsion vary widely among the 40 states funding prekindergarten, expulsion rates for prekindergartners exceed those in K-12 in all but three states. Expulsion rates were found to be lowest in classrooms located in public schools and Head Start, and highest in faith-affiliated centers, for-profit child care, and other community-based settings. African American children attending state-funded prekindergarten were about twice as likely to be expelled as Latino and Caucasian children, and more than five times as likely to be expelled as Asian American children. The reasons for the expulsions were not given in the study.

To read a complete report or a policy brief about the study, as well as to view a table of expulsion rates by state, visit http://www.fcd-us.org/news. Also, visit our conference page to learn more about CWLA's upcoming New England Region Training Conference and National Child Care and Development Summit in Providence, Rhode Island, September 28-30, featuring workshops on children with challenging behavior. A preconference institute on the mental health needs of young children in child care and development programs is also planned for February 26, 2006, prior to CWLAs National Conference in Washington, February 27-March 1, 2006.


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