Another preschool bully resource

            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.    


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One Response to “Another preschool bully resource”

  1. Jeanette Says:

    If they are saying that emotional factors play a bigger part in child school success than home life, I ask, what’s causing the emotional problems in the first place?

    One of the schools I teach in has an Emotionally Handicapped classroom. There are about 8 boys who are in there currently, ranging from second to sixth grade age. I see them combined with a “regular” class once a week in music. If I didn’t know better, I’d just say they were obnoxious. But to be in that room you have to have medical proof you have a problem. I wonder; how did those boys get there? What’s going to happen to them after sixth grade? I’ve seen some of them lose it in the hallway, and they get out of control in a scary way. I hope through organizations like this P.E.A.C.E. you are talking about, there will be fewer of these kind of students in our schools because kids got the help they needed at an early age.

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