What happens when kids miss school?

Removing the barriers that lead to chronic absence

Together, We Can

Building a strong community that takes care of everyone who lives here depends on your generous support.

Thanks to your support we are on track with our bold goal of every child in Delaware County reading at grade level by 2024. Impact programs like Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and After school Reading Clubs make a huge difference for kids in our community. Together, we are making a difference in children’s lives. Still, too many of our youngest kids are missing school too often.

Frequent absences, excused or unexcused, can hurt a child academically.

When kids miss too many days they are considered chronically absent. Studies have shown they will have a harder time reading by third grade.

Some times children miss school because of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) like:

  • Chronic health conditions
  • Housing instability
  • Food insecurity

On average, one in ten kids in kindergarten and first grade are chronically absent – which means they miss so much school they get behind and can’t catch up.  Chronic absence can lead to problems with literacy, passing subjects and even graduating high school on time.

These students are future contributors to our local businesses and communities. When they miss too much school, they fail to build the knowledge and skills they need to actively participate in our economy and society in the future. Without capable citizens, our region will struggle to adapt to employment changes and thrive in the future.

Where there is adversity there is also resilience and that is why United Way of Delaware County supports outcomes and safety net services that support families and combat adverse childhood experiences. From emergency shelters, food pantries to mobile health units that visit local schools, United Way supported programs put children on the pathway to success. With the help of donors- just like you- every student in Delaware County can have the greatest chance of going to school every day. We want to make all kids strong, so our community can be strong.

To learn more about how your donations help children thrive visit InvitedToLiveUnited.org.

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