Early Childhood Expulsion and Bias: How We Can Do Better for Our Children

Interviewed by the New York Times and National Public Radio, Walter Gilliam shares the latest findings regarding expulsion and suspension practices in early education settings. He’ll discuss gender and racial disproportionality and the potential causes for these disparities. You’ll learn about emerging information on how early educators understand implicit bias. He’ll show how preschool expulsions and suspensions are understood within a social justice and civil rights framework, and how we can avoid further excluding young children from early educational opportunities. 


Walter Gilliam is professor of child psychiatry and psychology at the Yale University Child Study Center, as well as the director of the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy. Gilliam is co-recipient of the prestigious 2008 Grawemeyer Award in Education for the coauthored book, A Vision for Universal Preschool Education. His scholarly writing addresses early childhood care and education programs, school readiness and developmental assessment of young children.  His work frequently has been covered in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, CNN Headline News, NBC TODAY Show and ABC Good Morning America.

He actively provides consultation to state and federal decision-makers in the U.S. and other countries and is frequently called to provide U.S. Congressional testimony and briefings on issues related to early care and education. He is a member of the board of directors for ZERO TO THREE, Child Care Aware of America and the Irving Harris Foundation.