Friday, January 31, 2020
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


Angello Alumni House
Adelphi University
154 Cambridge Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530

Building Teams for Success in Reducing Preschool Expulsion

About the Program

Studies show that the expulsion of children from early care and education programs is occurring at an alarming rate, especially among black and brown boys. This has been true for at least 15 years, and is particularly troubling as research suggests that preschool expulsion and suspension practices are associated with negative educational and life outcomes. Join us in this day of learning to understand how we can reduce preschool expulsion using both the Consultative Stance and the Diversity-Informed Tenets for Work with Infants, Children and Families, a promising practice toward realizing equitable early care and education system for young children.

Participants will be able to:

  • Gain knowledge of local and national data on the rates of preschool expulsion for all children
  • Expand their understanding of the research showing the correlation between preschool expulsion and implicit bias
  • Become more able to discuss the Consultative Stance and Diversity-Informed Tenets for Work with Infants, Children and
  • Families as forming a promising practice to build center and school teams equipped to reduce expulsion
  • Name one practice they will share with their colleagues in their workplace 

Program Outline:

  • Preschool Expulsions on Long Island, 2019
  • Researching the Problem, Walter Gilliam, PhD
  • Introducing the Diversity-Informed Tenets for Work with Infants, Children and Families, Kandace Thomas, PhD
  • The Consultative Stance and Promising Practices
  • Teamwork


Kandace Thomas, PhD

Kandace Thomas works to help individuals, programs and our society experience transformation by learning, doing and being. Dr. Thomas is a Senior Program Officer at the Irving Harris Foundation, where she leads the Foundation’s efforts to build developmentally appropriate, trauma-informed equitable systems of care for young children and their families. She manages grants and projects in the areas of infant and early childhood mental health, child trauma, domestic violence, and reproductive health and justice. She also provides vision and strategic direction for the Harris Professional Development Network, a collaborative impact network of national and international grantees working with or on behalf of young children and their families.  A leader in the creation of the Diversity-Informed Tenets for Work with Infants, Children and Families, a framework and approach for integrating diversity, equity and inclusion in programs, organizations and systems that work with children and their families, Kandace is a member of and manages its expert Advisory Council. Kandace sits on local and national advisory groups related to children’s social-emotional development and well-being.

Walter Gilliam, PhD

Walter S. Gilliam is the Elizabeth Mears & House Jameson Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology at the Yale Child Study Center and Director of Yale’s Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy. He is the current board president of Child Care Aware of America; a member of the board of directors for ZERO TO THREE, the Irving Harris Foundation, First Children’s Finance, and All Our Kin; a research fellow of the National Institute for Early Education Research; and former Senior Advisor to the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Dr. Gilliam is co-recipient of the prestigious 2008 Grawemeyer Award in Education for the coauthored book, A Vision for Universal Preschool Education. His scholarly writing addresses early childhood care and education programs, school readiness, and developmental assessment of young children. His work frequently has been covered in major national and international news outlets, and he actively provides consultation to state and federal decision-makers in the U.S. and other countries.


Early Registration (on or before January 3, 2020): $105

Regular Registration (after January 3, 2020): $115

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Adelphi University is committed to providing an environment which is responsive to the needs of individuals with disabilities including students, faculty, administrators, staff and the larger community. The institution is equally supportive of full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. The Committee on Individuals with Disabilities (CID) pledges continued active support in achieving universal access and ensuring that academic programs, facilities, and activities are made available to all students, employees and visitors with disabilities.

Accommodations will be made to support learners with special needs to participate in the training/workshop. Please contact the Institute for Parenting Coordinator at 516.237.8513 to request such accommodations.

Credentialing Information and Continuing Education

New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., in order to receive continuing education credits.

There is no accommodation in the State Regulation for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. At present, there is no procedure for granting partial credit for approved continuing education events.

If there are any changes in State Regulation, this policy will be updated accordingly.

This program has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • Social work (6 hours)
  • LMHC (6 hours)
  • LMFT (6 hours)
  • Psychology (6 hours)
  • Education (6 hours)
  • ASHA (0.55 CEU’s)

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.

Cancellation Policy

No refund can be made for cancellation seven or fewer working days before the event or for no-shows. Cancellations more than seven working days before a workshop will result in a refund less a $15.00 cancellation fee. Requests for refunds must be received in writing.

All registered participants will be notified via email if there is a training/workshop cancellation. Registered participants will be offered a full refund or registration in another offered training/workshop.


For further information, please contact:

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