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Did you know that missing just 10 percent of the school year in the early grades can leave many students struggling throughout elementary school? Or that by sixth grade, missing only that much school is strongly linked to course failure and even eventually dropping out of high school?  That’s just 18 days of the school year— or two to three days per month. Every school day counts, and everyone can make a difference: educators, afterschool programs, mayors, businesses and parents.


Parent's Tool Kit

Build the Habit of Good Attendance Early

Keep Your Child On Track in Middle and High School

Research & Reports

Present, Engaged & Accounted For - - The Critical Importance of Addressing Chronic Absence in Early Grades, Change & Romero, 2008

The Importance of Being in School - - A Report on Absenteeism in Our Nation's Public Schools, Balfanz & Byrnes, 2012

Attendance in Early Elementary Grades - - Associations with Student Characteristics, School Readiness, and Third Grade Outcomes, Attendance Works, 2011