Consultants who help prevent pre-K expulsions and suspensions seek more state support

Estimates show Washington only has about one early childhood mental health consultant for every 13,000 kids. Will lawmakers come up with money to help improve that ratio?

“Early learning consultants can help children express themselves with language instead of violence or aggression, refer them to other specialists outside of the classroom, and work with teachers on how to address future behavioral concerns. It’s work that advocates say is critical for children and providers to thrive and essential for avoiding preschool suspensions and expulsions, which can have lasting effects on a child’s life.” 

Erika Larson, an infant and early childhood mental health consultant at Holding Hope of Child Care Aware of Eastern Washington shares her thoughts.

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