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An old saying goes, "showing up is half the battle."  This saying can be applied to anything worth doing in life. This is particularly true when it comes to school.   Starting as early as preschool, attendance makes a difference in school success and, by middle school, it is a leading indicator of dropout. Developing the habit of good attendance early, prepares a student for success in school, work and in life.

But, did you know that 7.5 million students nationwide miss 10% of school each year? That’s 135 million days total!  Missing school leads to gaps in academics and social development. Chronic absence is a problem that our local communities can help solve. Improving attendance and reducing chronic absence is not rocket science, but it does take commitment, collaboration and tailored approaches to the particular strengths and challenges of each school or community. Across the nation, schools, communities and advocates have successfully taken steps to ensure children are attending school more regularly.

To recognize the importance of showing up every day for school, September has been named "Attendance Awareness Month." To learn more about what you can do, visit the 90 percent by 2020 website for templates, tips and resources.

Early educators  play a critical role in helping children and form good attendance habits early. By starting early, young people have the best chance at success in their adult life. Click here to get resources and information about how your early education program can support the Attendance Awareness Campaign. Attendance works.


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