We all know how important it is that we create a strong foundation for early education. Studies have shown that fostering an early love of learning solidifies a child’s later school experiences and improves test scores. This being said, none of this impacts our children more than their parent’s support and belief in their education. A few missed days here and there, even excused absences, can add up to lost learning time and place your child at risk of falling behind in school. When a child misses as few as 2 days per month, they will end the year with 18-20 absences which translates into missing a month of school! This impacts preschool students as much as it does high school students.
In a study done by the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research (CCSR) in September 2013, it was shown that students with poor preschool attendance have lower kindergarten readiness scores in all subject areas. The study defined Chronic Absenteeism as missing 10% or more of school for any reason – excused, unexcused, etc. Missing 10% of school translates into 18 missed days and is an indication that a student is academically at risk due to missing too much school.
- Students who are chronically absent in preschool are 5 times more likely to be chronically absent in 2nd grade than other students.
- Multiple years of chronic absenteeism place students at risk and they may need academic intervention prior to 3rd grade.
- Students who were chronically absent from preschool through 2nd grade scored 26 points lower on their standardized assessment (DIBELS) than children who were not chronically absent.
Attention paid to this issue during these important preschool years can have great rewards during a child’s academic career. Attendance counts!!!
Attendance is a vital part of any school program; and that is especially true in an early childhood program. A critical element of any early childhood program is the development of relationships and friendships with the staff and the other children in the classroom. When a child is not in school, the development of these relationships is very difficult. School attendance is critical to school success. Please make every effort to get your child to school every day. Classroom staff will monitor children’s attendance throughout the school year. Chicago Public Schools has set a standard of 95% attendance for students. That translates to a maximum of 9 absences per year.
Parents should call the school as early as possible to report an absence. The school phone number at the 113th site is (773)535-2671 & at Kedzie is (773)535-9010. Please leave a message on the attendance line. When your child returns to school after an absence, please remember to send a note of explanation to the teacher. If a note is not brought in to school, you will be asked to fill out a “Reason for Absence” note that will be turned in to the main office.
If you experience difficulty getting your child to school on a regular basis, do not hesitate to contact the school and we will help in any way we can.