Childcare Expulsion or Suspension?

Resources for Inclusion

Not sure what to do?

If you have received word from your Keystone Star connected facility or other childcare facility that your child is having behavior concerns and your child may be at risk of suspension or expulsion you have a few options. Below please see some options for you and your family
Contact the CONNECT Helpline for Referral: 1-800-692-7288


* Receive a referral for Program Support

*If you have a pre-existing or established relationship with your local EI Services provider or Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC), please reach out to them directly to receive program support.

*If the child is already receiving EI Services:

 The IFSP/IEP Team will respond by having a discussion about adding a previously unidentified behavior to the IFSP/IEP or work with child care personnel to develop or share strategies.

*If the child has not previously been evaluated for EI services:

 Work with the child’s family to schedule an EI evaluation. The child will either receive EI Services, or the EI evaluator will assist the family in accessing other supports.

*If the child has previously been evaluated for EI Services and does not qualify:

 Contact EI services with concerns and ask about re-evaluation.

* In the interim, continue to work with the ELRC in order to receive appropriate program supports.

Keystone STAR facility?

Call the Early Learning Resource Center at 1-877-472-5437 Statewide referral number for your local ELRC Child Care Consultants site.


Live in Dauphin, Cumberland, Perry or York County? Contact Child Care Consultants at 717-881-2306. Or call Erica Heller at Keystone STARS Program 717-771-8571 to discuss some options for your center and your child.

Early Learning Resource Center

Child Care Consultants

Toll Free: 1-800-864-4925 York: 717-854-3273 Lemoyne: 717-210-3334

ABOUT CHILD CARE CONSULTANTS

Child Care Consultants (CCC) serves as the Early Learning Resource Center for Regions 9 & 10 and is committed to helping children, families, and early childhood education programs be successful. We support low-income working families in paying for child care and provide resources, training, and on-site technical assistance to early childhood education providers to help them improve their program to ensure that every child is successful in school and life. We serve approximately 24,000 children, families, and early childhood education programs a year in Adams, Centre, Cumberland, Dauphin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Union, and York counties

If your child is already receiving EI Services:


· The IFSP/IEP Team will respond by adding a previously unidentified behavior to the IFSP/IEP or work with child care personnel to develop or share strategies. If the child has not previously been evaluated for EI services:

· Work with the child’s family to schedule an EI evaluation. The child will either receive EI Services, or the EI evaluator will assist the family in accessing other supports. If the child has previously been evaluated for EI Services and does not qualify:

· Contact EI services with concerns and ask about re-evaluation. In the interim, continue to work with the Early Learning Resource Center in order to receive appropriate program supports.

What if my childcare facility is not a Keystone STAR provider?

All Childcare Centers are to be certified. Certification means they are Keystone STAR connected. Call your local Child Care Consultant for more information on how they can support you.

717-881-2306
1-800-864-4925

Child Care Consultants

Contact Child Care Consultants to locate a facility near you to find one that may best suit your child's needs

717-881-2306 Cumberland, Dauphin, Perry and York County residents

Toll Free 1-800-864-4925

EARLY INTERVENTION SERVICES

Cumberland Perry County Early-Intervention-Birth-to-Age-3

Dauphin County Early Intervention Program

Capital Area Intermediate Unit

Contact Capital Area Intermediate Unit if your child is 3 years old to school age

717-732-8400 x 8382 to discuss screening options for possible supports

Connect Helpline

Parents who have questions about their child's development may contact the CONNECT Helpline at 1-800-692-7288. The CONNECT Helpline assists families in locating resources and providing information regarding child development for children ages birth to age 5. In addition, CONNECT can assist parents by making a direct link to their county early intervention program or local preschool early intervention program.

To make a referral for early intervention, please call the CONNECT Helpline at 1-800-692-7288.

OCDEL

OCDEL works with many partners to create opportunities for the commonwealth’s children. Parents, schools, child care, early intervention, Head Start, libraries, community organizations and other stakeholders have joined with the Office of Child Development and Early Learning to provide high quality early childhood programs and effective prevention strategies to mitigate challenges faced by families that affect school readiness and academic success.

The Pennsylvania Key (PA Key)

As a partner with the Office of Child Development and Early Learning, The PA Key offers a multitude of services for children and their families to help assist with their early education.


https://www.pakeys.org/getting-started/about-us/#:~:text=The%20Pennsylvania%20Key%20(PA%20Key,developed%20and%20managed%20by%20O


Community and Agency Resources

211

211 Can assist families with finding local family support group and other parent and family/caregiver resources

Pennsylvania County Services

County Mental Health, Autism, Intellectual Disability, Developmental Delay Service Agencies

A Child Care Center mentions your child needs 1:1 Support

There are times when a center feels there is a need for additional support for your child's behaviors. This could be in reference to a community agency based support for behaviors. This attached flow chart can help you find resources to determine if your child qualifies for mental health/behavioral health supports.

A Family Guide to Behavior and Mental Health Services

Reducing Expulsion Resources

Promoting Inclusion and Reducing Expulsion and Suspension

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=288&v=vvRP6jTPlp8

Developing Policies for Suspension and Expulsion Resources

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CAIU Rapid Response Team

CAIU Rapid Response Team: What is it?

The CAIU Rapid Response Team is a team that is deployed to a child care center to help assist the center with providing additional strategies and tools when a pre-school aged child or children are experiencing difficult behaviors and at risk of being expelled or suspended. The children are not currently connected to an Early Intervention Program. The Rapid Response Team is an additional support some of the counties in the Child Care Consultants/Early Learning Resource Center Region 9 area. The team can be accessed through the CCC referral system. The goal of the RR Team is to help children retain in their child care setting and to prevent expulsion and suspension due to challenging behaviors

Check with your local Early Learning Resource Center near you to see if you have a Rapid Response Team in your area. https://www.dhs.pa.gov/Services/Assistance/Pages/ELRCs.aspx