The following is a message from Summit Education Initiative Early Childhood Strategy Leader Laura DiCola. It appears in the August 2017 “Prepared, Passionate & Persistent Parents” e-newsletter.
The start of school is an excellent time to create strong routines to support your child’s early learning success. One of the most important things that parents can do for their children is to get them to school every day, and on time! Children can’t benefit from learning opportunities when they aren’t in school.
Did you know that even small absences really add up? Research shows that missing eight or fewer days of school is associated with higher academic performance for elementary students. Missed days – as early as preschool – can impact reading skills and school success, as children with low attendance in preschool and kindergarten often continue to miss more school as they progress through their education.
What can you do to help your child build a habit of good attendance? Little minds need plenty of sleep to grow and develop. Since young children thrive on routines, establish a bedtime (and stick to it!) so that your child will be well rested and ready for school each day. Set out clothes and pack backpacks the night before. Follow a morning routine and allow plenty of time to get to school on time. For more tips and strategies, click here.