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AB 1361 – Prohibiting Expulsion in Early Learning

Kidango is proud to co-sponsor AB 1361 by Assemblymember Blanca Rubio to prohibit suspension and expulsion in preschool and child care programs and strengthen early childhood mental health consultation.

AB 1361 builds equitable learning environments for all students and eliminate exclusionary practices that contribute to the preschool to prison pipeline and seriously harm student outcomes. Specifically, AB 1361:

  • Defines expulsion and suspension in preschool and child care settings serving children 0-5
  • Provides that expulsion and suspension will only be used as a last resort when there are serious safety concern
  • Requires the state to collect and report data on exclusionary practices and strengthens due process for families who are impacted by suspension and expulsion
  • Strengthens the early childhood mental health consultation services provided to support educators in the state preschool program and general childcare program.

By supporting educators and eliminating exclusionary policies that disproportionately harm young learners of color, AB 1361 benefits the entire community by acting against implicit and explicit factors causing students to miss time from the early learning and care setting.

Author: Assemblymember Blanca Rubio
Joint Co-authors: Assemblymembers McCarty, Quirk-Silva
Principal Co-authors: Senator Rubio
Co-authors: Assemblymembers Rivas, Villapudua and Senators Pan and Wiener

Sponsors:
Kidango (Sponsor)
Black Men for Educational Equity (Sponsor)
Santa Clara County Office of Education (Sponsor)

Current Status: Set for hearing in the Assembly Human Services Committee on April 7th

 

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How You Can Support This Bill: AB 1361 Sample Support Letter

 

Show Your Support on Social Media:
NEW! Our AB 1361 Toolkit contains social posts, graphics, and talking points. Access for more ways to show your support.

To share on social media, click on a below image, then right click to save it. Then share on your page with the hashtag #YesOnAB1361.

 

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