Commitment to Action

I’m Only Four! Ending Pre-K Suspensions in NYC

Commitment by

Ramapo for Children

In 2016, Ramapo for Children and its partners committed to provide professional development to 150 Pre-K sites in New York City over three years through centralized workshops and individualized one-on-one coaching. Ramapo first introduces participants to a toolbox of classroom management strategies for positively and proactively handling distractive, aggressive, and/or disruptive behaviors. All school staff participating in the workshops receive an easy-to-use reference guide detailing strategies that can be implemented in the classroom immediately. Next, Ramapo’s seasoned educators provide in-classroom coaching to support school staff in implementing classroom and behavior management strategies. Ramapo also provides parent support to these Pre-K sites through on-campus workshops and coaching opportunities. Additionally, Ramapo will shift from a paper-based on-site coaching evaluation to a mobile app version, which will enable qualitative and quantitative classroom-level data to be shared with Ramapo’s various teams and stakeholders.





I’m Only Four! Ending Pre-K Suspensions in NYC



Est. Duration

3 years

Estimated Total Value



Northern America


United States

Commitment by

Ramapo for Children

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Leo Oppenheimer and Flora Oppenheimer Haas Trust, New York University, Carl Hirschmann, Bank Street College of Education, The Edith Glick Shoolman Children's Foundation