School Attendance Matters to Allen County

Removing the barriers that lead to chronic absence

Help Our Kids

With your support [AREA] kids can get to school more often and achieve academically.

Get more kids to school, more often.

United Way of Allen County supports better attendance for all Allen County kids.

The more kids are at school, the more opportunities they have to learn. It seems simple, right?

But the real story is more complex. Research shows that there are key attendance milestones students need to reach to be academically successful. Being present for 90 percent of the school year is linked to reading proficiency, skills development and on-time graduation.


Who is Chronically Absent?

Kids as young as kindergarten can have problems with missing school.

  • 1 in 10 kids in kindergarten and first grade are chronically absent1
  • More than eight in 10 chronically-absent kindergartners and first graders will not read at grade level by the end of the third grade2
  • Students from families in under-resourced neighborhoods are four times more likely to be chronically absent than their peers1


Why Do Kids Miss School?

When kids miss school, it is not simply that they are too lazy to go or are playing hooky. Children who are chronically absent often want to go to school but can’t because of circumstances in their life that are out of their control.

Some obstacles that stand in the way for kids to get to school are:

  • Chronic health conditions
  • Homelessness or housing instability
  • Involvement with the juvenile justice system
  • Bullying or unsafe conditions in school3


What Are We Doing With Your Help?

We’re thankful to have kind and compassionate donors who support our work with schools, districts and families in Allen County. Together, united, we have the power to bring about positive change within our neighborhoods and improve the lives of those who go to school in Allen County.

Through donations from this community, we help

  • By providing Paths to QUALITY grants to improve the quality of education and childcare to the families of Allen County.
  • By promoting access to high-quality early childhood education programs for low-income children through our involvement of
    On My Way Pre-K.
  • By offering incoming kindergartners with little to no prior Pre-K involvement with classroom experience through Kindergarten Countdown.
Every dollar counts as we fight to make sure every kid in our community has a high-quality education and can be active participants in helping our region thrive. Your generosity will help us do more of this important work.

Please make a gift today.


1Chang, Hedy; Romero, Mariajose, Present, Engaged and Accounted For: The Critical Importance of Addressing Chronic Absence in the Early Grades, National Center for Children in Poverty: NY: NY, September 2008 via

2Attendance in Early Elementary Grades: Association with Student Characteristics, School Readiness and Third Grade Outcomes, Applied Survey Research. May 2011 via

3U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and Justice, Every Student, Every Day: A Community Toolkit to Address and Eliminate Chronic Absenteeism, Washington, D.C., 2015.

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