Expulsion from California State Preschool Programs
The California Department of Education (CDE) has issued instructions regarding expulsion or disenrollment from California State Preschool Programs for behavior. These instructions implement AB 752 (2017).
Prior to expulsion or disenrollment for a child’s persistent and serious challenging behavior, the California State Preschool Program (CSPP) contractor must, within 180 days, take the following steps:
- Consult with the child’s parents or legal guardians and teacher to maintain the child’s safe participation in the program.
- Inform the parents or legal guardians of a child exhibiting persistent and serious challenging behaviors of how the CSPP will assist the child in order to safely continue to participate in the program.
- If the child has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or Individualized Family Support Plan (IFSP), and with the parent or guardian’s written consent, consult with the local educational agency or the local regional center on how to serve the child.
- If the child does not have an IEP or IFSP, consider (a) completing a universal screening including social and emotional development, (b) referring the parent or guardian to local community resources, and (c) implementing behavior supports, before referring the child to the local educational agency to request an assessment to determine the child’s eligibility for special education support and services, including a behavior intervention plan.
- If after these steps concerns about safe participation remain, the contractor will consult with the child’s parents or legal guardians, the child’s teacher, and if applicable, the local educational agency providing special education services to the child.
- If the contractor determines that the child’s continued enrollment would present a continued serious safety threat to the child or other enrolled children the contractor shall refer the parents or legal guardians to other potentially appropriate placements such as Resource and Referral agencies and programs, or other local referral services available in their community.
- Once the reasonable steps outlined above have been completed, the contracting agency may then disenroll the child, subject to the due process requirements and procedures.
CDE identified several resources regarding children with challenging behavior. (Management Bulletin 18-06, August, 2018.)