UIC Researchers Investigate Illinois Early Childhood Programs’ Expulsion Practices

Researchers from University of Illinois at Chicago have conducted a study of Illinois Early Childhood programs’ current and prior expulsion practices as well as their understanding of, and responses to, Illinois Public Act 100-0105.

This new law, which went into effect in January, represents unprecedented coordination across state agencies to curtail expulsion from early childhood and child care programs funded by the Illinois State Board of Education or licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services.

The study reveals different levels of knowledge of the law, as well as different comfort levels in complying with it, in addition to other things. Among the recommendations is the necessity of a state-wide data collection system to accurately record expulsion rates and child demographic characteristics, along with a corresponding auditing system to ensure data quality for future research and evaluation.