Tens of thousands of kindergarten and first grade students miss a month of school every year, and that can add up to half a year of missed instruction before they finish third grade. Not surprisingly, these children are more likely to struggle with reading, repeat a grade and develop bad attendance habits, research shows. By sixth grade, chronic absence becomes an early warning sign that a student will drop out of high school. Across the country, chronically absent students miss more than 135 million days of school every year. The numbers are particularly high among children in low-income families and in communities of concentrated poverty.

This year’s CEO program will place a huge emphasis on attendance. Click the article below to see how you can help prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s workforce.

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