Reducing Suspension and Expulsion Practices in Early Childhood Settings

(2015) |  Useful to Parent Centers in addressing suspension and expulsion practices at the state and local levels.

Recent data indicate that expulsions and suspensions happen regularly in preschool settings. This is problematic, given that research indicates that these practices can influence a number of adverse outcomes across development, health, and education. Stark racial and gender disparities also exist in these practices, with young boys of color being suspended and expelled at much higher rates than other children in early learning programs.

ACF (The Administration for Children and Families) recently hosted a webinar series on suspension and expulsion in early childhood settings. The series features key experts from across the country who have done work on different aspects of the issue, including policy, research and data, and prevention/intervention. The webinars in the series are:

Expulsion Webinar 1 – Basic Research
Expulsion Webinar 2 – Policies
Expulsion Webinar 3 – Program Quality and Professional Development
Expulsion Webinar 4 – Using Data Systems

ACF also connects States and early childhood programs to free resources to support their efforts to prevent, limit, and ultimately eliminate expulsion and suspension practices in early learning settings. These connections include:

  • Resources for States
  • Resources for Early Childhood Programs
  • Resources for Families and Caregivers
  • Resources for Community Partners
  • Resources on Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation
  • Resources on Positive Behavior Intervention and Support

All of these materials—webinars and connections to resources—are available on this page:

See also the joint policy statement on expulsion and suspension practices in early learning settings issued in 2014 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education:

Learn The Valuable Impact Of Assistive Technology

(Published August 20, 2014)

This story is a part of the Advancing Opportunities AT Stories Series on its Youtube Channel. AT Stories is a video series of people with disabilities living better lives with a little help from assistive technology. This particular story shows the emotional and physical advantages of using assistive technology from a personal viewpoint. The video features Ramsey, N.J. resident and avid golf fan, David Finn, 22.

View David Finn’s story here.

View all  videos in the series here.


Buzz from the Hub | August 2015

Theme: Collaborating for Success!

Stakeholders celebrating their success!Welcome to the August 2015 edition of Buzz from the Hub, the newsletter of the Center for Parent Information and Resources—the CPIR. It was great to see many of you at the OSEP Leadership Conference last month, where the awesome work of Parent Centers was featured in a number of sessions.

In this issue we feature resources you can use to get ready for those “Back to School” days. The emphasis is on working together and supporting collaborations and partnerships between schools and families, Parent Centers and school systems, and the many other stakeholders to start the school year off right!

Let us know what you think about this issue and past issues of the CPIR’s Buzz from the Hub using our Buzz survey.


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New Resources in the Hub

What’s new in the resource library? Here’s a sampling that may help you and the youth and families you serve as a new academic year gets started.

Inclusive internship programs: A how-to guide for employers.
Share this guide with public and private employers of all sizes, who can reference it to learn about the benefits of facilitating inclusive internship programs as well as the components to consider when designing, implementing, and evaluating these programs.

A comprehensive approach to transition.
Members of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) have produced this paper because they want to help people to work together to support the self-determined transition of youth to adulthood and community life.

Nothing about youth with disabilities without youth with disabilities: A guide to legislative advocacy.
(Available in English and Spanish) This guide is a result of the work that the National Consortium on Leadership and Disability for Youth (NCLD/Youth) has done in preparing youth with disabilities to be effective legislative advocates and to create policy change on the local, state, and national level.

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Spotlight on…Collaborating for Children and Systems Change

Collaboration was a central theme at the 2015 OSEP Leadership Conference in July. Since collaboration is such an important part of Parent Center activities, we’re spotlighting collaboration resources, guides, and tools you may find helpful.

Leading by convening.
You may already be familiar with this resource from the IDEA Partnership, but the process it recommends for securing authentic engagement of multiple stakeholders is tried and true. The link above will take you to the main page about Leading by Convening, where you can download the guide and a host of supporting materials and worksheets.

Effective school practices: Promoting collaboration and monitoring students’ academic achievement.
This module from the IRIS Center focuses on the entire school population and highlights partnerships between general education and special education faculty that result in the creation of a ‘collective responsibility’ and shared high expectations for all students.

Engaging “everybody.”
The IDEA Partnership has found that, for most issues, people want to be involved, but not necessarily physically present. After a meeting or two, people sort themselves out by the way they want to be engaged. This tool is built on that understanding and reminds us all of the different ways in which we can involve and engage stakeholders.

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Resources You Can Share with Families

This section of the Buzz identifies useful resources you might share with families or mention in your own news bulletins. The emphasis in this section is on parent-professional collaborations.

Family engagement and children with disabilities: A resource guide for educators and parents.
This resource guide has been compiled to help parents and special educators establish a comfortable and effective partnership in service of promoting successful outcomes for children with disabilities. Highlighted are research reports, journal articles, examples of best practices, and tools that suggest methods for developing productive collaborations so that educators and families can, together, ensure better services for children in their care.

100 ways to know more.
There are many ways to be involved. This ingenious list from the Alabama Parent Education Center gives parents 100 suggestions, organized into areas of involvement such as communicating, parenting, student learning, volunteering, partnering with the school, and collaborating with the community-because, as APEC notes, when parents get involved in their children’s education, everyone benefits.

10 rules of advocacy.
From the Parents’ Place of MD, this 2-pager give 10 powerful tips that parents can use as they advocate for their child at school.

Steps to success: Communicating with your child’s school | Available in multiple languages!!
This brochure from CADRE offers specific communication skills that may be helpful to parents as they develop and maintain partnerships with their child’s school. Available in English and also in Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Haitian Creole, Hmong, Korean, Marshallese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Wow!

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Just for Parent Centers: Use of Technology for Nonprofit Management

One of the Parent Center network’s priorities is “Use of Technology for Nonprofit Management.” We’ll be talking more about this priority in our upcoming September 10th webinar. Until then… and afterwards… hope these resources help you!

Help with using technology.
Nonprofit organizations use technology in their work in a wide variety of ways, from raising money to text messages to mapping areas of needs. The variety of ways nonprofits can use technology, and the many choices there are about approaches and tools, can be more than small organizations with limited budgets can handle. This article connects you with resources that can help with this challenge, online and face-to-face.

5 ways technology is shaping the nonprofit sector.
The 5 things this article identifies as shaping our nonprofit work now (and probably for some time to come) are: mobile technology, analytics, software, the Cloud, and social media. What can any or all of these contribute to increasing your Parent Center’s impact?

Should your Parent Center consider the Cloud?
Once upon a time, all software had to be directly installed onto computers—but more and more, vendors are hosting software that users access via the Cloud. Maybe you use Google Drive or Dropbox, Office 365, or a Cloud-based database. Maybe you’re interested in what such hosted services offer but are worried about the security risks. Moving to the Cloud is not for everyone—how do you know if it’s right for your organization? This article can help!

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Upcoming Webinar | Thursday, September 10th | Use of Technology!

Mark your calendars for CPIR’s upcoming webinar on the Use of Technology in Nonprofit Management and in Service Provision. You’ll hear all about the Technology Leadership Initiative, get connected with valuable tools and resources, and be asked to weigh in on what kind of information you’d like CPIR to include in the upcoming priority pages on these critical topics.

When | Thursday, September 10, 2015
Time | 3 pm Eastern
Where | Join online at:
Conference line: 1-877-512-6886, code 1825 1825 18

We’ll be sending out a reminder closer to the date, but we hope to see you there and hear what you have to say!

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TASH Conference | December 2-4 | Portland, OR.
Registration is open for the 2015 TASH conference. This year’s theme, “Celebrating 40 Years of Progressive Leadership,” acknowledges TASH’s 40 years of generating change within the disability community and anticipates a brighter, more inclusive future for people with disabilities in all aspects of life. Read about the conference and register, at:

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Logo of the Center for Center for Parent Information and ResourcesThe CPIR hopes that you’ve found useful and relevant resources listed in this month’s Buzz from the Hub. Please feel free to write to the editor, Lisa Küpper, at to suggest the types of resources you’d like to see in the future. CPIR’s listening! Your input is extremely valuable to helping us to craft newsletters that support your work with families.

Happy New (School) Year!

Our very best to you,

Debra, Indira, Lisa, and Myriam
The CPIR Team


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Defining Your Design and Content Strategy

(Originally offered on 6/19/13)

The following resource was funded through a 2013 supplement from OSEP to the Region 4 PTAC, to enhance Region 4 parent centers’ capacity surrounding their project websites.  The archived information was provided to Region 4 parent centers through a partnership between Idealware and the Region 4 PTAC.

A website needs content before it can be useful to your constituents. In this webinar you’ll learn:

  •  How to define your content strategy—what content goes where, who creates the content, and how your content is organized.
  • Design process – with an introduction to wire framing, how to create a site map, and an overview of website analytics.



Starting the Audit Process

(Originally offered on 5/29/13)

The following resource was funded through a 2013 supplement from OSEP to the Region 4 PTAC, to enhance Region 4 parent centers’ capacity surrounding their project websites.  The archived information was provided to Region 4 parent centers through a partnership between Idealware and the Region 4 PTAC.

Is this webinar you’ll learn:

  • To define your priorities
  • Set your goals
  • Strategies for user interviews and surveys to assess what is working on your website
  • Heuristic website audit vs. web design best practices



508 Compliance Resources

Does your website, media or literature meet the Federal Government’s standards for accessibility? The Technical Assistance Coordination Center (TACC) has created a page with sources of information on 508 Compliance. It will help in making sure that groups’s website, media or literature meets the Federal Government’s standards for accessibility.

Find the 508 Compliance Resources at

TENGO UNA PREGUNTA…Preguntas que los padres y cuidadores deben hacer y los pasos que deben tomar para que los niños triunfen en la escuela: LISTA DE VERIFICACIÓN

(julio 2015)

Una nueva guía para padres y cuidadores que habilita la participación de las familias en la educación. La guía escrita en colaboración con America Achieves, el Consejo Nacional de La Raza, National PTA, y el United Negro College Fund incluye preguntas que los padres deben hacer y recursos que pueden utilizar para asegurar que sus niños reciban la educación que merecen. La guía sugiere preguntas importantes que hacer, consejos para el éxito educativo y recursos para obtener más información.

Lista de Verificación:

También está disponible en Inglés.

Comparing Options for Collaboration Software

(Published 2009) | Useful to Parent Centers exploring technology for collaboration. 

If you’re looking for software tools that can help your group collaborate, you’ll find a lot of options. There are many different types of solutions that support many different types of needs. This online article explores the types of software that exist for informal conversations and presentations, for information sharing, and for longer-term structured collaborations. A meaty section on how to choose then follows and includes a handy chart of each software’s strengths and weaknesses to help you select the one that fits your Center.

Find the article here: