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Arkansas preschool intervention program sees high demand

(Source: Raycom Media) (Source: Raycom Media)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A new state intervention program designed to eliminate Arkansas preschool suspensions and expulsions served almost triple the number of children initially predicted in its first year.
    
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the state Department of Human Services' BehaviorHelp Response System has served nearly 265 children at more than 170 pre-kindergarten centers since 2016.
    
Federal brochures cite Arkansas as a success story in requiring all publicly funded child-care facilities to seek state intervention before suspending or expelling a child.
    
A Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education specialist will contact a provider reporting that a student has reached a critical point via the online BehaviorHelp system.
    
The department found that about 4 percent of the children referred to the program in its first year were expelled after attempting intervention methods.
    
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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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