The Education Dept. and HHS release $1 million for the Pyramid Equity Project to provide technical assistance to early learning educators and ensure that the youngest learners are supported and nurtured.
The Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) funding is made to Preschool Development Grantees Clifton Early Learner Academy in Clifton, New Jersey, and Cambridge Early Learning Center in Antioch, TN, to establish national models for addressing issues of implicit bias and uneven implementation of discipline in early learning. It will focus on reducing expulsion and suspension.
The project builds on the Pyramid Model for Promoting the Social Emotional Competence of Infants and Young Children, which is a framework of evidence-based early childhood teaching.
These efforts respond to recommendations put forth by the President’s My Brother’s Keeper Task Force to eliminate suspensions and expulsions in preschool and other early learning settings.
MBK outlined six milestones, the first of which is Getting a Healthy Start and Entering School Ready to Learn. Early childhood presents a profound opportunity to advance children’s cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. MBK includes a key recommendation to eliminate suspension and expulsions in early learning settings.
A first step towards addressing this issue is the development of policies that end the practice of suspension and expulsion of young children from the programs that were developed to help them learn the critical social, emotional and academic readiness, DoEd said. The second step is to ensure that early childhood educators and programs can implement effective practices so that all children can be successful in preschool, DoEd said.
the Pyramid Equity Project will collaborate with programs to demonstrate the use of a multi-tiered system of support for promoting social competence in young children that has been designed to address issues related to disproportionate discipline and the use of culturally responsive practices in early learning programs.
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