Attendance Works has developed toolkits tailored for educators working with students in preschool through secondary school, as well as principals and school districts. The toolkits are filled with strategies and resources for monitoring, understanding and addressing chronic absence. 

The approaches can be implemented in the classroom, or at the school, district, community or state level.

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Created with the help of practitioners who have worked successfully with families to improve attendance, this toolkit is filled with ideas, activities and materials that you can use to spark conversations with parents about how good attendance can help them fulfill their dreams and aspirations for their children’s futures.

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Preschool is the ideal time to introduce children and families to the importance of consistent on-time attendance and to encourage strong attendance habits. Early and Often is designed to provide you with ideas and materials to help children and families develop strong attendance routines from the outset of schooling.

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This two-generation program engages children daily in monitoring their own attendance, honors parents monthly for getting their children to school on time and translates attendance data into management information for school administrators.

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Teaching Attendance 2.0 is filled with free, ready-to-use resources for everyone who understands that helping students get to school every day enhances the ability of teachers to teach more effectively.

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This toolkit is designed to help school districts, particularly the administrators charged with establishing an elementary success mentor program, leverage ideas and resources available from national partner organizations as well as the pioneering work of a growing number of local efforts. It’s filled with strategies as well as materials you can take and tailor to the needs of your community.

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While everyone can help ensure students show up to class every day, the leadership role that a principal plays is irreplaceable. Principals are uniquely positioned to ensure their school adopts a comprehensive, tiered approach to improving attendance that fits with their overall approach to promoting academic achievement.

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As students head back to school, this toolkit calls for using absenteeism records from past years and from the first month of school to connect the most at-risk students to personal relationships and positive supports that motivate them to show up to class every day.

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Our Count Us In! toolkit is the indispensable planning tool to help you plan and implement an Attendance Awareness Campaign activity or year-long effort. The toolkit is full of handouts for parents, resources for mentoring programs, strategies for tracking data and the ideas for promoting awareness across your community.

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Attendance Works has developed a template with handouts, activities and local resources that can be easily adapted to help schools and local partners reduce absenteeism. You can use all or a mix of the documents to create your own local toolkit.

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Do you have a school in your district that is beating the odds, recording higher attendance rates than schools with similar student populations? If so, do you know why? This toolkit will help you look beyond the numbers and find out how these positive outliers are bringing more kids to school every day.

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