New Study Identifies Three Ways To Lower Pre-K Expulsion Rates

Date: January 10, 2008

Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy
310 Prospect Street

New Haven, Connecticut 06511


Yale University's Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy will release a new report, "Implementing Policies to Reduce the Likelihood of Preschool Expulsion," at an audio press conference on January 10.


Thursday, January 10 
1 p.m. EST 
Toll-free dial in #: (888) 262-8790 - Password: Pre-K Expulsion 
To reserve a line, please call Nancy Bennett, 800-834-1110 


  • Walter S. Gilliam, author of the study and Director, Edward Zigler Center for Child Development and Social Policy, Yale University 
  • Libby Doggett, Executive Director, Pre-K Now 
  • Carol Brunson Day, President and CEO, National Black Child Development Institute
  • Mary Mackrain, Consultant, Michigan Child Care Expulsion Prevention Program 
  • Frances Page Glascoe, Professor of Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University 

Two years ago, the Zigler Center published the heavily reported first research ever on the rate of expulsion in prekindergarten programs for three- and four-year-olds. That study found that pre-K students are expelled at a rate more than three times that of children in the K-12 grades. The original report can be obtained at

The new study identifies ways policymakers can reduce expulsion rates. It is based on data from the National Prekindergarten Survey of 4,800 classrooms in the 40 states that fund prekindergarten. 

"Implementing Policies to Reduce the Likelihood of Preschool Expulsion" was supported by the Foundation for Child Development, the A.L. Mailman Family Foundation, and the Schott Center for Public Education. The NPS was funded by grants from the Foundation for Child Development and the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), with funding from the Pew Charitable Trusts.


Phil Sparks, 202-326-8700
Nancy Bennett, 800-834-1110

NOTE TO EDITORS: The complete report, policy brief, and covering press release will be available online on an embargoed basis on Wednesday, January 9 at 4 p.m. (EST) at

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