On December 10, 2014, Secretaries Burwell (HHS) and Duncan (DOE) announced the release of a policy statement on expulsion and suspension practices in early learning settings. Exclusionary discipline practices occur at high rates in early learning settings, and at even higher rates for young boys of color. As part of this commitment, HHS will dedicate $4 million toward early childhood mental health consultation services to prevent this troubling practice and to help all children thrive in early learning settings.

View the HHS and ED Joint Letter on Suspension and Expulsion Policy: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/ecd/hhs_and_ed_joint_letter.pdf

Read the Policy Statement on Expulsion and Suspension Policies in Early Childhood Settings: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/ecd/expulsion_suspension_final.pdf

For more information and resources on discipline in the early learning setting and across all K-12 visit the U.S. Department of Education’s page, School Climate and Discipline.