We are very pleased about the attendance in the Grand Rapids School District. The secret has been our education initiative, Believe 2 Become, looking at the data and sharing the data with our parents and the community, and working with Attendance Works. With their support, we were able to reduce chronic absence by 9 percentage points."
— Teresa Neal, former Superintendent, Grand Rapids Public Schools

Addressing chronic absence is not typically a solo sport. Our work has shown that the best efforts to reduce chronic absence involve a whole school, district or community. The good news is that when schools and communities work together to provide a comprehensive, tiered system of supports to students and families—that address the reasons for student absences—they can turn chronic absence around.

By working together, all of us—educators, schools, public officials, public agencies, civic organizations, businesses, philanthropic groups, families and students—can help all children get to school every day so they have an opportunity to learn, flourish and realize their dreams.

Attendance Works has developed a variety of resources and strategies for numerous stakeholders. Choose from the list below to find out what each stakeholder can do.


Community and Agency Partners




Making the Case Statements: Help bring partners on board


Philanthropists and Foundations

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Policy Makers