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Riding the School Bus is Important

Access to High-Quality Schools, Early Childhood Education | 03/02/2016

Allison Rubin
Marketing and Communications Director

I'm excited to combine my diverse communications experiences with my education background to promote Stand's work.

Did you know that riding the bus to school can have actual benefits for our students?

According to a Huffington Post Education article, students who ride the school bus in the critical first year of formal education – kindergarten – are absent less often and have lower odds of being chronically absent, a key indicator of future academic success, according to a new study.

The “school bus effect” improves kindergarten attendance in families of all income levels, said UC Santa Barbara professor Michael Gottfried, who conducted the study in partnership with the Truancy Reduction Pilot Projects initiative of California Attorney General Kamala Harris.

"Kindergarten is a big shock to the family system,” Gottfried said, particularly if the child hasn’t attended preschool, which he called “boot camp, not just for the kids, but for the parents.” Read the full article.

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