Children’s daily attendance is crucial to their learning success and to meet the Federal guidelines. It is only by experiencing daily learning activities that the child will be fully prepared to enter into public school. It is very important for the child/children to be present at the Early Learning Center every day and to also be brought on time. Therefore, our expectation and goal is to maintain a 96% Average Daily Attendance (ADA) for all children enrolled.
It is very important for the parent/guardian to contact the Education Center Coordinator or Family Service Worker each time the child will be absent or late. If a child is absent ten (10) consecutive days without contact or approval, the child’s slot may be declared vacant. Parents are required to sign a Family Partnership Agreement that states they agree to the following: Bring their child to the Early Learning Center every day, on time and pick up their child each afternoon, on time. If their child is absent, a note should be provided, and a telephone call made to the Education Center Coordinator or Family Service Worker indicating the reason for the absence. The reasons for absenteeism are recorded in the child’s file.
Ten (10) consecutive absences without contact or approval may result in the withdrawal of their child from the program. Only serious medical or personal reason will be considered for extended absences, not to exceed 30 days, and must be requested in writing by a parent/legal guardian. Your child’s daily attendance is a requirement for the program to comply with the Federal agency that provides the funding for these services. Through consistent attendance, children and families are able to make maximum use of Head Start services; children learn the importance and value of being in school and children develop responsibility early. If your child is absent more than three days consecutively without reason, your child may be at risk of being placed back on the waiting list.
If your child is unable to come to the center or you will be late in getting your child to his/her classroom, please call the center before or by 7:30 a.m.