Carmelita Bota, Infant Toddler Quality Specialist, announced that Dr. Walter Gilliam, whose research on early childhood expulsions and suspensions, especially among young children of color, sparked a national conversation, will deliver the keynote at the Council’s 2022 Virtual Spring Early Childhood Conference on Saturday, April 30, 2022.
Dr. Gilliam, Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology and Director of the Edward Zigler Center at Yale University Child Study Center also serves as Vice President of ZERO TO THREE and a past president of Child Care Aware of America. Often quoted in the national media, Dr. Gilliam actively provides consultation to state and federal decision-makers in the U.S. and frequently presents U.S. Congressional testimony and briefings on issues related to early care and education.
Entitled Working Together: Supporting Children and Responding to Challenging Behaviors, our conference is relevant not only for those working in early childhood, but for everyone working with young children and families. Dr. Gilliam will not only speak to the issue of early childhood expulsion and suspension, he will address strategies for staff to help children succeed, in partnership with their parents.
The line-up of presenters is still in formation, but is expected to include other voices addressing alternatives to expulsion/suspension, its impact on families and what can be done on a policy level to better protect our young children.
Registration to open soon!