Indian River County, Florida
The GLR Campaign recognizes Indian River County, Florida, as a 2016 Pacesetter for reporting population-level, measurable progress in school attendance for children from low-income families.
Indian River County’s attendance campaign began with raising public awareness on the importance of daily attendance. Next, it developed strategies and activities at individual schools, while expanding its collaboration with community based organizations. Impressively, its school district went from a 17.1% chronically absent rate during the 2014–15 school year, to 10.2% in the 2015–16 school year, a 41% decrease. Additionally, the Moonshot Community Action Network which is comprised of the backbone organizations supporting the work, share a common language and approach toward designing, innovating and growing solutions that work. Indian River County has an intentional and rigorous focus on social/emotional supports for children, by creating a “school family” and providing teachers with tools on how to best reach students and help them feel safe and connected. This family of support also extends to the Kindergarten Readiness Collaborative of community members who are engaged as advocates in their own neighborhoods to support kindergarten readiness.
This innovative work is focused on building safe, trusted relationships so that children, teachers and nonprofit leaders can learn and grow.