Chronic absenteeism, defined as missing 15 or more days per school year, affects more than 6 million students per year and is strongly correlated with poor academic performance. In Arizona, chronic absenteeism has an effect on students in all grades and in all socio-economic sectors.
Additionally, in Arizona, kindergarten enrollment is not a requirement. Consequently, many parents in the communities that we serve do not enroll their children in school until 1st grade. This lack of enrollment, as well as early grade chronic absenteeism, cause students to be significantly behind their peers who have attended early childhood programs and/or who have strong attendance records.
Research shows that kindergarten attendance, and consistent school attendance in early grades, provides long-term educational gains that help to close achievement gaps, particularly for low-income and minority students. It is vital that parents understand how important kindergarten enrollment and regular school attendance is for their child’s long-term academic success.
In addition, we need to provide parents with solutions that help them improve attendance and to demystify the enrollment process. It is vital that parents, particularly in our low-income and minority communities, understand the importance of regular school attendance and kindergarten enrollment for their child’s long-term academic success and receive practical solutions to help increase attendance.
WHAT STAND IS DOING ABOUT IT
Stand for Children Arizona is working with parents in Arizona to let them know that as parents, they can make all the difference with parent workshops and interactive trainings.
We encourage parents to pledge to do the following four easy but effective things:
Create evening and morning routines.
Talk to your child about his or her day.
Read with your child daily.
Connect with your child’s teachers.
WHAT THE RESEARCH SAYS
Research shows that there is a strong link between high rates of absenteeism and later struggles in school. 
Missing just ten days of school is incredibly harmful to a child’s academic success and is an alarming warning sign for dropping out of high school later in life. 
Three days of missed school a month can set a student back one to two years academically. 
Twenty percent of Arizona children miss a month of school every year. 
More than ten percent of any given student body in Arizona is missing ten percent of the school year. 
The mission of Attendance Works is to advance student success and help close equity gaps by reducing chronic absence.
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Addressing chronic absence is a key component to improving graduation rates, increasing academic achievement, and giving young people the best chance at success in their adult life
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