Chronic Absence is defined as missing 10% or more of school over the course of a school year counting both excused and unexcused absences. Early Chronic Absence addresses K-3rd grade students.
An estimated one in ten kindergarten and first grade students are chronically absent nationally.
Chronic early absence decreases when educational institutions and communities actively communicate the importance of going to school regularly to all students and their families, and reach out to families when their children begin to show patterns of excessive absence. At the same time, communities can help lower chronic absence by providing early childhood experiences that prepare children and families for entry into formal education.*
Attendance is higher when schools provide a rich, engaging learning experience, have stable, experienced and skilled teachers and actively engage parents in their children’s education.*
*Chang, H. & Romero, M. (2008). Present, engaged, and accounted for: The critical importance of addressing chronic absence in the early grades. National Center for Children in Poverty