Stockton-San Joaquin County, California
The GLR Campaign recognizes Stockton-San Joaquin County, California, for reporting population-level, measurable progress in school attendance for children from low-income families.
Baseline data collected in 2013 showed that 9% of K–3 students were chronically absent in the Stockton Unified School District. Inadequately managed asthma results in large numbers of absences in San Joaquin County, starting in the early grades, so Stockton-San Joaquin County took action to lower chronic absence, support parent success and address the health determinants of early school success at the same time. This includes training preschool and child care professionals to work with parents to develop asthma-management plans for their children. The most recent data from 2015 showed that the percentage of chronically absent students had fallen to 6.9%.
The campaign partnership between the University of the Pacific and Health Plan of San Joaquin also incorporates early literacy and active lifestyle messaging through a “fitness passport,” distributed at athletic events, that offers tips and parent-child activities that promote literacy development and healthy habits together. Several home visitation programs also incorporate a healthy eating curriculum that empowers parents to make nutritionally sound food choices for themselves and their young children.