Suspension and Expulsion for Preschoolers With Disabilities (PO009)

  • PMD: 1,6
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 1: Promoting Safe and Positive Schools
  • Live Chat:
    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
    11:30 AM–12:15 PM
    (Posters available on demand at any time during the convention week and for sixty days thereafter.)

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. identify the risk factors for exclusionary discipline in pre-K–12 educational settings.
  2. promote inclusionary and evidence-based behavioral interventions for all students.
  3. identify the importance of inclusion in early education settings, especially for students with disabilities.


Preschool suspension and expulsion is prevalent despite its negative effect. Few studies have examined the prevalence of exclusionary discipline for children with disabilities in preschool. This study examined suspension and expulsion for preschoolers with and without disabilities from a U.S. national dataset. The results of this study indicated higher rates of suspension and expulsion for children with disabilities and reported behavior problems. Implications for policy and practice are discussed.



Brittany A. Pereira, University of Massachusetts Boston


Songtian Zeng

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