October 11th, 2017

New preschool chronic absence reports from Child Plus and COPA

Attendance Works is pleased to announce the release of its chronic absence reports for early childhood programs in partnership with ChildPlus and with COPA, two leading data management systems for Head Start and other early childhood programs.

Both online systems translate attendance data into charts that provide a clear picture of the level of chronic absence. This data will help Head Start agencies set strategies and target resources to address attendance challenges. Each chart links back to individual children. The online services make otherwise hard-to find information readily available, so professionals can spend time addressing rather than defining their attendance challenges.

Both companies have faithfully followed the Attendance Works’ Preschool Attendance Tracking Tool. The Attendance Works charts segregate data into three levels: less than 10 percent absence (strong attendance for preschool), 10-19.99 percent absence (moderate chronic absence) and 20 percent or more (severe chronic absence).

The data systems create a visual overview of chronic absence, and charts disaggregated by location, program type, and a variety of demographics including gender, race and ethnicity, language spoken and special needs. These charts provide at-a-glance updates on attendance, so that preschool attendance leaders and teams quickly understand where their greatest attendance challenges lie.

Attendance Works will describe the electronic information systems with presentations at the ChildPlus Scramble in Las Vegas on October 24 and 25. Attendance Works Senior Fellow Louise Wiener, and Annie Lionberger Reed, special project manager will present a workshop on Tuesday and Wednesday and will be available to answer questions at a booth during the conference. Please join us if you can!

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