Now Archived: Rethinking Expulsion and Suspension Practices in Early Childhood


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Tuesday, August 25, 2015
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Webinar Description:

National attention is being directed to the issue of suspension and expulsion in early childhood, most recently with a White House statement on rethinking discipline, last year’s White House Summit on Early Childhood Education, and a joint policy statement on suspension and expulsion from the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services. This webinar will provide an overview of federal and select state data, policies and practices related to suspensions and expulsions of young children in early childhood education programs such as early learning centers, preschool programs and child care, and will provide policy and practice guidance to prevent expulsions from early childhood programs and to mitigate interactions related to behavior that might seem challenging. With federal and state policies under consideration and in current practice, states have a prime opportunity to respond to this significant issue, and this webinar will offer guidance for identifying key strategies in policy and practice that can make a difference.

A Webinar from AUCD's Early Intervention/Early Childhood (EIEC) Special Interest Group



Photo of Sarah Davidon, M.Ed

Sarah Davidon, M.Ed. is an experienced leader of policy and systems-building initiatives related to early childhood, mental health, disabilities, family support, and coordination of human services systems and practices, who has provided guidance and direction for over 15 years in Colorado's development of an early childhood system-of-care, most recently with a focus on preschool expulsion and suspension. As Director of Community Outreach, Policy & Education at JFK Partners, Colorado's UCEDD in Aurora, Colorado, she has provided leadership and representation to other organizations, boards, councils and committees related to early childhood mental health, including Colorado's Center for Social Emotional Competence and Inclusion, the Early Childhood Colorado Partnership, and Healthy Child Care Colorado. Sarah co-authored Colorado's Strategic Plan for Early Childhood Mental Health in partnership with the Colorado Department of Human Services. She directed a research team in response to Colorado's Joint Resolution Concerning Young Children with Challenging Behaviors (Joint Resolution 06-015), passed by the Colorado State Legislature in 2006 requesting that the Colorado Early Childhood and School Readiness Commission authorize a study on the issue of challenging behaviors for children under age six. From 2002-2008, Sarah directed Project BLOOM, the first federal system of care cooperative agreement in the nation with a specific population focus of early childhood with the SAMHSA/Center for Mental Health Services. Sarah serves as the President of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health - Colorado Chapter. She is a parent of two young children, one of whom experienced "suspensions" from preschool.


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  • There is NO cost for this webinar.
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  • This webinar will be archived.