Count Us In
Last fall, more than 250 communities across the country participated in the first-ever nationwide Attendance Awareness Month and helped call attention to the importance of daily school attendance. This year we are seeking even more communities to join the effort.
We will also unveil the latest version of the Count Us In! Toolkit, a resource designed to help you plan your Attendance Awareness Campaign involvement and enlist stakeholders who can collaborate with you. This updated version contains even more resources for making a difference in your community for Attendance Awareness Month 2014.
The start of each school year presents an important opportunity to lift up an increasingly urgent issue: too many children missing too many days of school. Literally tens of thousands of children, even those in the early grades, are chronically absent—missing nearly a month or more of school every year. Children who are chronically absent in kindergarten and first grade are much less likely to read proficiently by the end of third grade and are more likely to have poor attendance in later grades. By middle and high school, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign that a student will not graduate on time. This is especially true for those students living in poverty, who need school the most and are sometimes attending the least.
Chronic absence is a problem we can solve when schools, families and community partners work together. Please join us!
The 5 Promises
The 5 Promises represent conditions children need to achieve adult success. The collective work of the Alliance involves keeping these promises to America’s youth. This article relates to the promises highlighted below: