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Preschool Expulsions and Suspensions, and Why We Should Care

Join Walter Gilliam, PhD, as he explores the causes and effects that preschool expulsions has on toddlers and their families.


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Blacks, boys, and especially black boys, are at the greatest risk for losing their early care and education placement due to expulsions and suspensions. Black children and families are the least likely to gain access to the high-quality care and education that will help them achieve success throughout their lives. Although many factors, such as community stressors and poorly resourced programs, may contribute to these disparities, evidence also suggests that implicit biases based on race and gender may also contribute. Join us for an exploration of these disparities in access and ways to address them.

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Dr. Gilliam has conducted extensive research involving early childhood education and intervention policy analysis, ways to improve the quality and mental health of prekindergarten and child care services, early childhood mental health consultation, early childhood expulsions and suspensions, and the impact of early childhood education on school readiness. His scholarly writing addresses early childhood care and education programs, school readiness and developmental assessment of young children. Dr. Gilliam is also a Board Member of ZERO TO THREE.

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