Did you know that preschoolers are expelled from school at three times the rate of older children?
Getting kicked out of preschool can hinder children’s social-emotional development, disrupt continuity of care for children and parents, and delay children getting the services they need.
One way to reduce expulsions, as profiled in a recent New York Times article, is to connect child care providers to mental health consultation services and expertise in child development. Fortunately for children and child care providers in Contra Costa County, these services exist – they’re free and they’re working.
JoAnn knew her son Alexander’s behavior was different even when he was a baby. But once he entered preschool, his problems really surfaced. Zander exhibited overly aggressive behavior. He regularly tackled and punched the other children, called them names, and put everything in his mouth, much like a teething baby would.
JoAnn went to her pediatrician, who said there was no clear diagnosis for Zander. He wasn’t autistic. He didn’t have ADHD. According to JoAnn, “He was not clearly anything, but he was clearly having problems.” Continue reading