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September 20, 2017

Every Day Counts | September 2017 SCGLR Newsletter


Help us make a difference in our community.

Children look up to their parents and think they are the bee’s knees! This is a great advantage, because as parents set the stage for success in the early years and early grades, kids are ready to taste the sweetness of what it means to succeed.

Parents play the most powerful and influential role in their children’s lives and that’s why the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading recognizes that parents are the secret sauce!

Making sure that children show up for school every day is one of the best things you can do to help close the gap. Research shows that children who miss school often (about 18 days) in kindergarten and first grade are far less likely to read well by the end of third grade.

Parents often are unaware of the souring effects of absenteeism and how quickly absences add up to academic trouble in the early grades. Low-income families, in particular, face challenges with health, transportation or housing that contribute to school absences. To make progress on attendance, the Campaign encourages communities to focus on helping parents strengthen three competencies:

1. Recognize and address health needs and environmental hazards in the home. AWGraphic3

* The leading cause of absenteeism in the early grades is illness. Asthma alone is responsible for 14 million missed days of school every year. Dental problems contribute to millions more.

Sometimes it’s hard to know the right choice to make: should my child go to school today or stay home? A good idea might be to keep track of absences and if the number seems like it’s getting high, connect with your child’s health provider (health providers are well positioned to connect families with needed health services and encourage school attendance).

Parents are not in this alone. Communities can be supportive by keeping children healthy too:

* Encourage guardians to schedule regular doctor appointments: Work with families to ensure every child has a “medical home,” which means having a doctor or clinic to regularly visit for annual checkups and when illness occurs.

* Emphasize good dental care: Expand access to dental care and ensure that parents know about good dental habits.


2. Monitor absences and seek support at the earliest signs of attendance issues.
It can be hard to pay attention to the number of absences a child may have accumulated when a parent is dealing with their own personal disasters.
A key component of improving attendance is helping families to monitor how many days of school a child has missed and to seek support to reduce absences as soon as students start missing two or more days in a month. While children’s health issues are a leading reason why children miss too much school, other obstacles may include transportation, inclement weather, parent illness, homelessness and more.
Start Tracking Together
Attendance Works offers tools for parents to set attendance goals with teachers including a Student Attendance Success Plan with a Family’s Help Bank that helps parents think through who can assist in getting children to school. Other resources include Checklist of Interventions to consider in addressing barriers to attendance and Parent Tip Sheets for talking with social workers and school counselors.
AWGraphic3. Establish an expectation and a plan for daily school attendance.
When parents establish an expectation of daily school attendance and anticipate potential obstacles, children are less likely to miss school. Being in school every day makes it more likely that children learn and keep pace with instruction.


Community Update Breakfast – Thursday, Oct 5, 2017

Join more than 200+ passionaries and possibilitarians at the SCGLR Community Update Breakfast:

SHARE in the accomplishments of the past 12 months

LEARN about the current work happening in our region

CONNECT with other community members as we strengthen our resolve to help all children succeed in school by ensuring they read on grade-level by the end of third grade.

7:30AM      Mix-N-Mingle & Breakfast
8:00AM      Presentation Begins

9:00AM      Closing

Registration deadline is 5pm EDT, Friday, September 29.


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