Parents and caregivers want their children to be happy, healthy, and productive. A focus on health and safety is important for all children as they grow up. Healthy children start to learn skills when they are born. These skills will help them in school and when they are adults.
Teachers can’t do it all! But, sometimes common problems in the classroom and hallways usually extend beyond “bad behavior” and could be indicators of certain health issues. Resolving health issues in school can have a positive impact on attendance and focus during the school day.
Health staff play a pivotal role in a growing child’s life. Doctors, nurses, health educators, and medical support staff all communicate important information to children and families related to physical and mental health and well-being.
Policies and laws help shape school health in practice. As research continues to show how health affects education and vice versa, programs to promote school health are growing. Anyone can be an advocate - students, families, educators, and community members.
The Healthy and Ready to Learn Resource and Training Center provides free trainings to equip all adults in the lives of children with the knowledge and skills to promote strong attendance, community health, and training sensitivity.
For 36 years Children's Health Fund has provided high quality clinical services to children in some of the most underserved communities in the country. The Healthy and Ready to Learn initiative is the next step.
Too many absences can make learning hard and cause students to fall behind.
Chronic absence - missing 10 percent of the school year, or just 2-3 days every
month - can lead to lower grades and test scores. It is also related to lower
reading and math skills, and high school graduation rates. Teachers play a
critical role in creating a culture of positive attendance at school. It is
important to emphasize and monitor attendance starting on day one.
You can communicate with parents about attendance through phone calls, emails,
and parent-teacher conferences. You can encourage students by creating a class
tracker that students can use to monitor their own attendance, and by providing
incentives for good or improved attendance. Any student who struggles with
attendance can be referred to the school guidance counselor, parent coordinator,
or other staff members involved in monitoring attendance. Explore our materials
to help you improve attendance in your schools below.