Phone (419) 784-5136 | Address: 1933 E 2nd Street Defiance, Ohio 43512

POLICY:

NOCAC Head Start promotes regular attendance for enrolled children.

PROCEDURES:

  1. NOCAC Head Start staff will record attendance daily for each child using the Weekly Meal Count and Child Attendance form.
  2. If a child is unexpectedly absent and a parent/guardian has not contacted the program within one hour of program start time, NOCAC staff must attempt to contact the parent/guardian to ensure the child’s well-being.
  3. Parents/guardians of enrolled children will be provided information about the benefits of regular attendance.
  4. NOCAC Head Start staff will support families to promote the child’s regular attendance
  5. NOCAC Head Start staff will conduct home visits if a child has had three or more absences with no contact from the family.
    1. NOCAC Head Start Staff may use one or more of the following strategies to follow-up with attendance:
      1. MY CHILD’S ATTENDANCE GOAL sheet is to be completed with the family.
      2. Family Goals Strength and Support form.
      3. Family Contact Note.
    2. The Teacher and Family Advocate, if needed, will continue to monitor and work with the family to improve attendance
  6. The Family and Community Engagement (FCE) Assistant will work with the child’s teacher and/or Family Advocate to develop appropriate strategies to improve attendance such as direct contact with families or intensive case management.
  7. If a child ceases to attend, NOCAC staff will make appropriate efforts to reengage the family to resume attendance. If the child’s attendance does not resume, the child will be withdrawn.

Supporting Attendance of homeless children

  1. If a child experiencing homelessness is unable to attend classes regularly because the family does not have transportation to and from the program facility, the program will utilize community resources, where possible, to provide transportation for the child.

Forms and Additional Guidance:

This policy complies with the following

Head Start Program Performance Standard:    1302.16
ODJFS Child Care Manual:    5101:2-12-18(E)
CACFP Regulation:    
Caring for Our Children:    9.2.4.10
Other Sources:    

 

Adopted with Board & Policy Council Approvals:   8/7/2017
Revised with Board & Policy Council Approvals:   8/7/2017