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

External transition is described as the temporary or permanent relocation of a child from one child care setting to another. External transitions may be voluntary, such as when a parent chooses to move a child to a different program because of a change of residence. These transitions may be involuntary when a child is removed from a child care setting as a result of suspension, expulsion, or the child being removed from a program because of intervention from an agency.

This 3-part course series will:

  • Review research showing how moving from one child care setting to another child care setting has an impact on children, families, and child care providers.
  • Review research showing how staying in the same child care setting with the same caregivers can help children develop socially, emotionally, and physically.
  • Review research that supports making changes in the classroom and teacher actions to prevent behavioral problems.
  • Suggest ways to work through behavior problems when they happen.
  • Share ideas on how to create prevention and intervention plans in the classroom and throughout the entire center to lower the number of times a child moves due to behavioral problems.
  • Review ways to support children who must move so that there are less negative impacts on children, families, and the child care provider.