September is Attendance Awareness Month!!
September marks Attendance Awareness month, and we want to make sure our early educators have a voice too!  

With the help of Attendance Works and JWB,  we are pleased to announce that we're taking the national campaign countywide for the second year!  Attendance Awareness packets have been put together that include:
  • Coloring sheets
  • Wall/window posters
  • Parent Pledge Flyers  
Those that don't have kits may pick up at our Clearwater or St. Pete office OR you may request your ELC Specialist to bring them at their next visit.
To make participation easier, Attendance Works has put together pre-scripted Tweets and Facebook posts.  With one click you can post directly to your social media sites or copy and paste to make it your own!   To make it EVEN EASIER, we've added a few below:
  • For low income kids, chronic absence in kindergarten = lower academic achievement through 5th grade. #SchoolEveryDay [TWEET THIS]
  • Preschoolers who miss too much school don't develop reading, math & social skills as quickly #SchoolEveryDay
  • Chronic absence affects all kids, not just the absent ones. Learn how to get kids in #SchoolEveryDay here: [TWEET THIS]
  • Join the Attendance Awareness Campaign today and end chronic absence in our schools: #SchoolEveryDay
  • Reducing chronic absence takes commitment, collaboration & tailored approaches. Will you help? #SchoolEveryDay
  •  Attendance Awareness Month is September, but the campaign to end chronic absence starts now! It's a bigger problem than you probably think. Learn more about chronic absence and join the Attendance Awareness Campaign today!
  • When we reduce chronic absence we improve graduation rates, increase academic achievement and give young people the best chance at success in their adult life. Join the Attendance Awareness Campaign and make a difference for your community:
Don't Forget to Tag Us 
@ELCPinellas  @JWBPinellas  @attendanceworks

Here are a few more useful links and online toolkits to give you more information on Attendance Awareness:


Social Media: 

As teachers, you   know first hand that too many absences can disrupt learning, not just for the absent student but for the entire classroom.  Please help us spread a positive attendance message this Attendance Awareness month and beyond!

**Attendance matters all year, so we will continue to distribute packets  and promote at our offices throughout the year, and we encourage you to do the same! 
For further questions please contact Mary Burns at or 727.400.4442

Sponsorship by Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County., Florida's Office of Early Learning, 64% Federal Funds