This report examines features of states’ expulsion and suspension prevention policies, based on survey responses and interviews with selected states. The results point to the widespread efforts states are making to develop and implement expulsion prevention policies. Features of policies are varied, and include supports for programs (e.g., professional development, early childhood mental health consultation), requirements for data collection, and changes in program standards and work conditions. Many policies have explicit goals for reducing disparities in exclusionary practices related to race and disability. Promising approaches in five states are highlighted. The brief makes several recommendations for designing expulsion and suspension policies with features that can help ensure strong implementation that significantly reduces exclusionary practices and the racial disparities found in these practices.
Article January 21, 2022
As race, racism, anti-racism, equity and inclusion become front and center across multiple facets of American life, culture, politics, and institutions, directors across California say now is the time to work together as child welfare leaders to better understand and dismantle dominant and oppressive culture characteristics that exist in the system, both for the benefit of the workforce and for the children and families served.
Report January 21, 2022
This resource from the Child and Family Policy Institute of California identifies steps to support child welfare directors.
Website January 21, 2022
The California Child Welfare Core Practice Model is a statewide effort to develop and implement a framework to support child welfare practice and allow child welfare professionals to be more effective in their roles. The CPM is intended to guide practice, service delivery, and decision-making.