Chronic Early Absence, Achievement, and Social-Emotional Development

Nicole Smerillo, Arthur Reynolds, Suh-Ruu Ou, Judy Temple

Society for Research in Child Development 2017

Presented by Nicole Smerillo at the 2017 Society for Research in Child Devlopment biennial meeting April 6-8 in Austin, TX.

The purpose of this study was to:

  • Extend the literature on chronic early absence.
  • Bring a focus to attendance in the early years-early attendance is often overlooked because school leaders focus on the attendance of older children.
  • Look for heterogeneous impacts of chronic early absence to inform the development of attendance interventions.

This study provides evidence that chronic absence in the early grades may cause potential harm, not only to academic achievement, but also to children’s abilities to adjust to student life and norms.