Call to Action: Email DHHS about tracking of preschool suspensions and expulsions

Please take action NOW!

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed to remove the question that requires the recording of suspensions and expulsions of children in preschool from the 2017 National Survey of Children’s Health.  One 2005 study reported that Georgia had at least 500 pre-k children expelled from school in one school year.  The number had to be estimated because the Georgia Department of Education does not officially record suspensions and expulsions for pre-kindergarten students.  Children are just “removed” from the program.

We know that early suspensions and expulsions from the learning environment make a child far more likely to have involvement in the juvenile justice system – becoming part of the school to prison pipeline.  Please use the links in the announcement from the Leadership Conference to send in your comment NOW and urge the Administration to retain this highly critical question in the survey.


Personalize this sample comment and email it before midnight Thursday, May 11, to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) urging them to retain the preschool suspension and expulsion question in the 2017 National Survey of Children’s Health. This public data is essential for creating equitable supports for, and ensuring equitable treatment of, all children.