A woman called a "Champion of Change" by President Barack Obama has visited New Britian to lend advice about the problem of chronic absenteeism in school.
On March 20th, national school attendance authority Hedy Chang, in cooperation with the New Britain Early Childhood Collaborative, led a presentation and participated in workshops which addressed a child's "missed days" at the preschool level when "patterns" of problematic absenteeism begin.
According to a press release:
Chang, the founder of San Francisco-based Attendance Works, has been working with the Consolidated School District of New Britain (CSDNB) for the past year to tackle chronic absenteeism, thanks to funding from the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain (CFGNB). Early results are very encouraging, especially at the kindergarten level where most of the resources and work on parent engagement has been targeted.
And, her work isn't done. Chang's staff will continue to conduct site visits with New Britain's three largest preschool programs to help them begin to build a positive culture surrounding good attendance for children at an early age.
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