Addressing Challenging Behavior in Infants and Toddlers
Recent research uncovered that extraordinarily high numbers of young children are being expelled from child care settings. Learn how screening and assessment strategies can prevent this growing problem.
Recent research has found that an extraordinarily high number of young children are being asked to leave early childhood settings because of their behavior. The authors describe the Pyramid Model, a framework of recommended practices to help ECE programs support the social–emotional competence of young children and address challenging behavior.
In most cases, challenging behavior develops over a period of time. On the basis of data, it is possible that many of the children expelled at 4 years old could have been identified with proper screening and assessment tools in earlier years of their development.
Learn how high-quality environments facilitate children’s ability to safely explore and learn, become familiar with routines, and develop self-regulation skills necessary for learning appropriate behaviors.
This brief from the Foundation for Child Development examines factors associated with expulsion from prekindergarten and discusses changes in policy that can be both implemented and regulated.
This page from the Administration for Children and Families offers data and guidance from the federal government related to suspension and expulsion in early childhood settings.