The Importance of Reducing Chronic Absence in the Early Grades
In celebration of Attendance Awareness Month, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, The Providence Plan, and the Rhode Island Data
Sharing Project held a special event for educators, policymakers, and community leaders: The Importance of Reducing Chronic Absence in the Early Grades. The event was held on Monday, September 29, 2014, from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, One Union Station, in Providence.
The event included the presentation of:
- Reducing Chronic Early Absence: A new Fact Sheet from Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, and
- Chronic Absenteeism Among Kindergarten Students: A new Data Story from the RI DataHUB.
Regular attendance at school is an essential step for children to succeed
academically and do well in life. During the early elementary school years, children
develop important skills and approaches to learning that are critical for success in
the classroom. Students who are chronically absent from school during these early
years miss opportunities to learn and develop positive relationships within the
school community. Chronic absence is defined as missing 10% or more of the school
year (18 or more days for a 180-day school year).