May Early Childhood Updates

Dear Directors,Administrators and Owners-

My first email of the month was to give you updates from the WNY Leadership day and other pertinent EC news. Nothing could be more pressing than this press clip I just received. Dept of Health and Human services is planning on deleting only 1 question on a National annual survey. The details are spelled out below but the rationale is “…they have not identified a need for this information.” Not knowing how many children have been asked to stay home, or expelled from a child care program because of their behavior is CRITICAL information, that DATA is important.

It will only take you 2 minutes to have your voice heard. Scroll down to the OIRA_Submissions link below to comment. In the subject Line just cut and paste:OMB Control No. 0607-0990. You can then comment yourself or cut and paste the paragraph below.

Deadline is Thursday at 9am for public comment. Your VOICE DOES Matter-

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is planning to delete only ONE QUESTION for the 2017 National Survey of Children’s Health, and the sole item it proposes to delete is a question regarding whether a child between ages 3-5 was subjected to preschool suspension/expulsion. HHS is accepting comments on this deletion until 9:00 am on Thursday, May 11, 2017.

In 2016, the survey asked:

For children aged 0-5: IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS, were you ever asked to keep your child home from any child care or preschool because of their behavior (things like hitting, kicking, biting, tantrums or disobeying)?

Response Options:

  • This child did not attend child care or preschool
  • No
  • Yes, I was told to pick up my child early on 1 or more days
  • Yes, I had to keep my child home for 1 full day or more
  • Yes permanently, I was told my child could no longer attend this child care center or preschool

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is proposing eliminating this question, because “[s]ponsorship of this item [by the Agency for Children and Families] is no longer anticipated, nor does this item address an identified analytic need.” This is the only item HHS isproposing to remove from the survey.

The NSCH is an important tool to obtain data on preschool expulsion from a representative pool of families who may use a range of child care and preschool settings.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights collects data on preschool expulsions but that is limited to preschools operated by public schools and therefore does not provide information on the incidence of preschool expulsions or suspensions in other early childhood settings.


EMAIL- Written comments must be sent to or faxed to 202.395.5806. Please reference OMB Control No. 0607-0990. Deadline to submit comments is 9:00 am on Thursday, May 11, 2017.

You can email a simple statement along the lines of: Elimination of this survey item from the National Survey of Children’s Health would miss a critical opportunity to obtain nationally representative data on the incidence of child care and preschool suspensions and expulsions, from a parent’s perspective, which are not collected in any other survey. The New York State Pyramid Model Partnership conducted a brief survey in 2015 to better understand and respond to the challenges faced by providers in supporting young children who exhibit challenging behaviors. Findings showed that the suspension and expulsion of young children in early childhood settings is a pressing problem and one that warrants continued data collection to redress.

OR you can send a letter: The National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI), National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Center for Law & Social Policy (CLASP), and National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) worked together on a coordinated response. Feel free to use, amend, and share the message to ensure the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and HHS hear from many organizations and individuals on the value of this question and the proposed deletion.

Thank you for all you do to advocate for our smallest of citizens

With Gratitude
Marilyn A. Ballard

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