Our Work
Kindergarten – 8th Grade

Strong attendance is critical for students to excel in school, while participating in afterschool and summer learning programs keeps children learning outside of school. Learn to Earn is helping reduce chronic absenteeism and promote quality out-of-school enrichment activities especially for high-need students.


Attendance Awareness

Good attendance is critical for children to succeed in school!

National and local data show that a student’s attendance, starting in Preschool and continuing through the elementary grades, directly correlates with the student’s academic success.

Students who chronically miss school in Kindergarten score lower on 3rd-grade reading and math assessments than students who have strong attendance.

Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing 10% of the school year—18 days or more in a 180-day school year.


Being out just 2 days every month throughout the year can add up to 18 days – leading a child to fall behind. It’s easy to underestimate how much school a child is missing if the days are intermittent.

Attendance Works, a national organization dedicated to reducing chronic absenteeism, has these tips for schools:


Know your data – Form a team to analyze student-level data on a monthly basis. Immediately reach out to families whose children are missing too many days.

Use positive attendance messages –  Continuously stress the importance of regular and on-time attendance. 

Enlist others – Communicate attendance data to teachers, families and afterschool providers. Educate them about how to encourage good attendance.

Share responsibility and accountability – Recognize that everyone can help create a culture of good attendance. Look to afterschool providers, libraries, city offices, businesses, and community volunteers to promote the importance of attendance, provide incentives and monitor progress.


Summer & Afterschool Collaborative

Our community's Summer & Afterschool Collaborative was created by 10 Montgomery County afterschool and summer program providers that are focused on improving their quality and documenting the impact out-of-school learning on young people.


These programs, spread across 17 sites, offer fun, enriching learning opportunities for children whose families can't afford to pay for expensive camps, music lessons and other activities that keep children learning out of school.


For the first time in Montgomery County's history, afterschool programs are learning from each other and using common assessments that track children's engagement and achievement.

Interested in joining the Collaborative?

Contact Maya Dorsey at 937.236.9965 x2247.


Read On!

Research shows that low-income children fall behind 2.5 months in reading every summer. This loss compounds, meaning that every school year underprivileged children start further behind their peers than they were the year before. Experts estimate that “summer slide” accounts for two-thirds of the reading achievement gap at 9th grade.


To help students be strong readers and prevent “summer slide,” join with a group or community partner to “adopt” a school that has a large concentration of low-income children. If you can’t adopt an entire school, do what you can! Pick a grade at a school and collect books for those children.