246. Supporting Children’s Social-Emotional and Behavioral Health through an Equity Lens
|Date:||Wednesday July 15, 2015|
|Time:||3:15 PM - 4:45 PM|
|Speakers:|| Jordana Ash, Colorado Office of Early Childhood
Mary Louise Hemmeter, Vanderbilt University
Shantel Meek, Administration for Children and Families
Nicole Rose, Washington Department of Early Learning
This session will discuss how states can support children’s social-emotional and behavioral health. The session will include conversation on expulsion and suspension, early childhood mental health consultation, and other strategies states are using to promote racial equity and child wellness in early childhood programs. Washington State will present on its work focused on expulsion and suspension, as well as prevention of such practices, in center-based child care programs within its QRIS system; Colorado will discuss its statewide early childhood mental health consultation model and how it is pairing the model with state level policy to promote children’s mental health and wellness. In addition, federal leaders will discuss their federal policy statement on expulsion and suspension, reviewing recommendations for states and local early childhood programs to foster children’s social-emotional and behavioral health and prevent expulsion and suspension.