Preventing Child Care Expulsion

One of the key goals of the PTAN Child Care Inclusion Project is to support providers who serve children with special needs so as to increase the rates of retention of children and reduce the number of times a child must change programs.

NH child care providers who are struggling to maintain a child with challenging behaviors or other special needs can call the PTAN Helpline [1-888-584-8200] to request assistance. PTAN provides free services to NH child care providers:

• Telephone consultation in the privacy of your program
• Onsite consultation from consultants’ with expertise matched to your specific need
• Individualized onsite staff development that improves your staff’s skills and satisfies licensing and credentialing requirements for in-service training

PTAN Child Care Expulsion Survey

In February 2011 PTAN surveyed a randomly selected group of NH child care programs to better understand the ‘who’, ‘what’ and ‘why’ of child care expulsions in NH.  The project collaborated with Michael Kalinowski, Ed.D, University of NH and an advisory committee that included child care teachers, administrators, Child Care Resource and Referral Coordinators, State Administrators and preschool special education coordinators.  Dr. Kalinowski managed the construction and dissemination of the survey and conducted the data analysis.  Below is his final report, “Children with Challenging Behaviors: Survey Results from Administrators and Teachers in Licensed Early Childhood Programs in NH”. Also posted is a summary written by Project Director, Joan M. Izen as well as the survey form.
M. Kalinowski Final Report
Survey Summary
Director/Administrator Survey
Teacher/Caregiver Survey


Helpful Resources:

Expelled from Preschool: Why shutting out 3- and 4-year olds with challenging behavior isn’t working.  By Deirdre Wilson
This article recently published in the BostonParents Paper explains why expelling children from early childhood programs doesn’t work for the child, the family or the program.Expelled from Preschool | Boston Parents Paper

Implementing Policies to Reduce the Likelihood of Preschool Expulsion  This policy brief  by Walter S. Gilliam, examines factors associated with expulsion from prekindergarten. The author specifically addresses those factors that may inform changes in policy that can be both implemented and regulated. It is available online at
Posted in at March 4th, 2010. .

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PTAN gratefully acknowledges the support of its funders: NHDOE Bureau of Special Education, the NHDHHS
Child Development Bureau and over 40 School Districts statewide.