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This report presents the efforts of leaders in Virginia to learn more about teachers’ experience with children who demonstrate challenging behavior in center-based and home-based ECE settings. These leaders partnered with the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) to design and implement a survey of Virginia’s ECE teachers that serve infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. The survey and analysis of responses examined the following questions:
- How common are different types of challenging behavior?
- How many children with challenging behavior, in different age groups, do teachers have in their classrooms or child care homes in the course of a year?
- What are the consequences of challenging behavior, and how often does removal from the ECE setting occur?
- What are the family circumstances of children with challenging behavior?
- How do teachers address challenging behavior and what barriers do they face?
- What factors contribute to the incidence of children with challenging behavior and removal from programs?
- What supports do teachers believe will help them address the needs of children with challenging behavior?