This entry has now been added to the “Accredited Preschools” entry.
If you know where to look, there are often resources available in your community to help with day care/preschool problems. I indicated in an earlier entry that I only discovered the National Association for the Education of Young Children when I picked up a pamphlet at Boy’s preschool. The same day I grabbed that pamphlet, in search of answers to his problem with bullies in preschool, I grabbed another that looked promising: “Promoting Educational Achievement for Children Early (P.E.A.C.E.): A Child Care Expulsion Prevention Program.” They are affiliated with Riverwood Center, a county specific organization, and the United Way.
Boy has not been in danger of expulsion, but his bully has, and P.E.A.C.E. shares why my community, and any community really, has reason to be concerned about Yale’s studies regarding the alarming rates of preschool expulsions. Beyond recognizing that “social and emotional competence of young children predicts their academic performance in 1st grade, over and above their cognitive skills and family background,” and that “young children who act in anti-social ways are provided with less instruction and less positive feedback [leads them] to like school less, learn less and attend less,” P.E.A.C.E. suggests a link between poverty, inadequate prenatal care, child abuse, and participation in childcare 40-60 hours a week as risk factors for children.
Because of these risk factors, P.E.A.C.E. “provides consultation for parents and child care providers” for preschool aged children who exhibit “behavioral or emotional challenges that put them at risk of expulsion for childcare.” In other words, even day care centers, including “anyone who directs or works in a day care setting” is eligible for services through this program, and services include training for providers and families. P.E.A.C.E. is only available in my county, but as indicated above, the program is associated with the United Way, so if you are struggling with the kinds of problems we’ve faced as a family, you might consider contacting your local United Way to see what programs are available to you.
For me, I plan to contact the name on the pamphlet and share our story. I will be sure to share what comes of that conversation here.