Rochester, New York
The GLR Campaign recognizes Rochester, New York, as a 2016 Pacesetter for reporting population-level, measurable progress in school attendance for children from low-income families.
Over a two-year period, the community reduced the percentage of chronically absent K–3 students from 37% to 28%. These results as well as the impressive progress in summer learning and school readiness are due to its cross-sector alliance convened by ROC the Future and its exemplary work to align, link and stack strategies. The campaign strives to find and coordinate partners, leaders and practitioners for all the local interventions. It has an impressive Convener Board that includes executives from 27 organizations that have contributed funding, in-kind services, backbone support, advocacy and influence. Two notable recent achievements include the addition of two new foundations and $1 million in private funding as well as a $12 million Early Pre-K grant which was the largest in New York State.
The success for school attendance was led by its partner, the Rochester City School District, which utilized a real-time data dashboard to identify students and incorporated a comprehensive set of activities, including a Superintendent’s Call to Action, monthly Attendance Blitzes where district staff and more than 100 volunteers visited student homes, expanding school breakfast programs and special events for students meeting targeted milestones.