By Tim Kowols
Pre-kindergarteners are more likely to be expelled from their schools and educational programs than their older peers according to a recent study. Dr. Walter S. Gilliam from the Yale University Child Study Center showed in 2015 that just over 10 percent of the nation’s prekindergarten teachers had expelled at least one student in the previous 12 months and the overall expulsion rate at early childhood centers is 3.2 times higher than it is at K-12 institutions. Expulsion for reasons such as developmental rates and staffing levels could leave some kids left behind. Northern Door Children’s Center Executive Director Cindy Trinkner-Peot knows the statistics, but believes her educated staff and its tight knit community are reasons why they have never expelled a student under her watch.
According to the study, the expulsion rate per 1,000 prekindergarten students in Wisconsin is 7.34, which ranks 18th out of 40 states with programs. The staff members at the Northern Door Children’s Center either have degrees in early childhood education or in the process of earning one.