As a local funder – whether you are part of a foundation, individual donor or a government agency – you can offer critical resources for helping advance work on chronic absence and attendance. This article in the Grantmakers for Youth, Children and Family magazine highlights some approaches foundations have taken. You can:
- Provide resources for school districts, ideally partnering with a local university or other local group with good data skills, to conduct a chronic absence analysis.
- Support efforts by schools and communities to intervene with financial assistance or volunteer work.
- Introduce grantees to the problem of chronic absence; encourage them to support efforts to improve attendance and use reduced chronic absence as a metric for evaluating success.
- Nurture a state network of advocates who will support policy change related to chronic absence.
- Build public awareness about the importance of this issue among other funders and policy makers. Use the Attendance Works PowerPoint presentations to provide an overview of the issue.