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School absenteeism in primary grades is a strong predictor of dropping out. Chronic absenteeism, defined as missing 10 per cent (around 18 days) of a year, is linked to academic and social disadvantages particularly among vulnerable students, creating long lasting impact on the child and their peers. Chronic absenteeism is a complex problem affected by many factors, including child, parent and family circumstances.
Attendance Matters works with students from kindergarten to Grade 3 to support students and families to maintain prompt and consistent attendance.
C-SP believes that to be ready, able and motivated to learn students need their basic needs met through nutrition, nurturing environment, safe space, caring adults, and cognitive stimulation.
Attendance Matters includes three core components:
By providing students with a nutritious breakfast, enriching activities, and a connection to caring adults we hope that:
Attendance Matters program currently supports students at 15 inner city elementary schools. Modified programs, which include breakfast, absentee support and school engagement, also run in six inner city secondary schools.