ECE 107: External Transitions – Resources and Supports in Child Care Settings (2 hours)

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ECE 107 is the fourth module in a series dedicated to challenges, impacts, and prevention of suspension and expulsion in child care settings. This module focuses on practical application of prevention strategies which will help increase the threshold for decision-making regarding the necessity of external transitions for children, with the intention of reducing and/or eliminating suspension and expulsion in child care settings.  

ECE 101: External Transition – Suspension & Expulsion – Impacts on Children and Families 

  • In ECE 101 participants learned about the impacts of external transitions on children; the impact of a disruption of continuity in early childhood settings; the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on brain functioning and cognitive development; and, the role early care and education settings play in mitigating the long term impacts of stress and trauma for children.  

External Transition 102: Suspension and Expulsion – Programmatic Impacts 

  • ECE 102 reviewed challenges Kentucky families and children face regarding continuity of care; program availability and access; the impact that stable, nurturing relationships play in child development; and, the influence of implicit bias in decision-making regarding suspension and expulsions in early care and education settings. 

External Transition 103: Suspension & Expulsion – Prevention, Intervention, and Evidence-Based Practices 

  • ECE 103 took a deeper dive into the impact of suspension and expulsion on families and on child care businesses. The content explored the role policy, and access to resources beyond the child care setting, can have on reducing the number of suspensions and expulsions children experience. This module also provided a brief overview of strategies for developing and maintaining high-quality programming in conjunction with options for individualized and classroom-based intervention plans.  

ECE 107 – Reducing Suspensions and Expulsions: Practical Application builds upon the content of ECE 101, 102, and 103 by: 

  • Communicating information on the structure of supports available to Kentucky child care providers which promote the ability for teachers, program administrators, and other caregivers to address behavior challenges in child care settings. 
  • Promoting changes in practice which positively impact individual and/or group behavior in child care settings. 
  • Connecting providers with state and national resources to support positive behavior and healthy child development in child care settings.