Faith communities and schools, despite different missions, share a common goal: whether it’s Friday night, Sunday morning or a regular school day, they all care about preparing children for the future. Local congregations are well positioned to help because they are often the first place families turn to for support.
Look for the Why Attendance Matters handout on this page, which lays out why faith communities should care about attendance and how they can encourage good attendance habits from the start of school. Below are ideas to help faith-based groups take action.
Faith communities can:
Rev. Larry Simmons, Pastor, Baber Memorial AME Church, Detroit, MI describes how his work with Detroit schools to improve attendance. View the webinar, Welcomed: Embracing Students, Families and Educators in the New School Year.
Research shows how attending school improves student achievement. Read this research summary for more details.