Kidango is proud to co-sponsor AB 2806 by Assemblymember Blanca Rubio to prohibit suspension and expulsion in preschool and child care programs and strengthen early childhood mental health consultation.
AB 2806 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 2806:
- 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.
Watch Tena Sloan, Vice President of Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation describe the benefits of ECMHC.
By supporting educators and eliminating exclusionary policies that disproportionately harm young learners of color, AB 2806 benefits the entire community by acting against implicit and explicit factors causing students to miss time from the early learning and care setting.
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Author: Assemblymember Blanca Rubio
Co-authors: Assemblymember McCarty
Black Men for Educational Equity (Sponsor)
Santa Clara County Office of Education (Sponsor)
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