"Attendance is essential to school success, but too often students, parents and schools do not realize how quickly absences — excused and unexcused — can add up to academic trouble. Chronic absence — missing 10 percent of the school year, or just 2-3 days every month—can translate into third-graders unable to master reading, sixth-graders failing courses and ninth-graders dropping out of high school. Low-income students, who most depend on school for opportunities to learn, are especially harmed when they miss too much instruction." -AttendanceWorks.org
"Parents are motivated when their actions make their children happy. Engaging preschool children in tracking their own attendance motivates children and helps make attendance important to families. When getting to class on time every day becomes important to the children, parents respond. Perfectly Punctual, a program specifically designed by LearnLead for the early education setting, has aligned with Attendance Works to provide strategies and materials free of charge. Feel free to download these materials or use the ideas to develop your own themes. For young children, a mascot can be a very important ally.
The Perfectly Punctual Scorecard (click on the image to the right to download) is designed to be a family engagement tool. Children fill in their scorecard daily. At the end of the week, teachers send the scorecard home to remind parents of the importance that preschool or school places on consistent, on-time attendance.
Every morning, children circle the star for on-time arrival OR circle the running clock for late arrival. If a student is absent, they circle the sad face the next day they are back in school."
With Palm Beach County schools starting earlier this week, the EveryParent website and apps are offering tips and advice for parents on school attendance. Missing school as few as two days a month can add up quickly to nearly 10 percent of the academic year. Click here for attendance tips for your young child. For more valuable parenting information, sign up by visiting www.EveryParentPBC.org or download the EveryParent app for free on your smartphone.
To celebrate the start of a new year of Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK), Florida’s Office of Early Learning and early learning coalitions across the state launched the “My First Day of VPK,” a statewide social media campaign to welcome children into the program and help parents mark this important milestone in their child’s life.
Parents were encouraged to download and print this special flyer (click on the image to the left; available in both English and Spanish) for their child to hold for commemorative photos.
Don't forget to use #1stDayVPK to post the photos on social media.
We shared #1stDayVPK-tagged content on our Facebook and Twitter accounts through early September!
VPK builds a strong foundation for school using educational material corresponding to various stages in a child's development. According to the Center for Public Education, high-quality prekindergarten programs not only help children with kindergarten readiness, but can also lead to better school performance and higher graduation rates later on.
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