Education and Poverty-Every effort can count!

Jon Marcus recently provided the Harvard Education Letter with some good tips for supporting economically-disadvantaged kids and families that provide extra supports to bolster their education opportunity.
1.  Make sure students attend school.  Reach out to students who chronically absent or team up with community service organizations for same.  On average poor kids miss four times more school than middle-class and affluent children.
2.  Practice non-punitive responses to absenteeism.
3.  Encourage faith-based, and other community organizations to distribute books to parents of preschoolers.  Ask libraries to provide children’s story hours during times that are convenient to working parents.
4.  Text literacy tips to parents.  Advocates say that cell phones are increasingly becoming life-lines for families in poverty.
5. Use social service agencies and be aware of and support the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act which ensures a child’s right to remain in the same school if she/he becomes homeless or moves.

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