September 1, 2023

September is Attendance Awareness Month

Attendance Awareness Month, designated by the Attendance Awareness Campaign, returns in September to advocate the message that every day a student is in school is an opportunity to learn, build relationships, and access support.

The theme of 2023’s Attendance Awareness Campaign is “Showing Up Together!“, which speaks to the importance of joining together to address the devastating effects of interrupted learning and increased economic stress.

About the Attendance Awareness Campaign

Through the Attendance Awareness Campaign, schools, localities, and states are urged to promote the value of good attendance and to take concrete steps toward reducing chronic absence.

Regular attendance is vital for student success. When students attend regularly, starting as early as preschool and kindergarten, they have an opportunity to achieve academically and thrive. This year’s campaign focuses on the positive conditions for learning, which have degraded during the pandemic, that can help students and their families to engage and show up for school, especially during challenging moments. There is also an emphasis on students feeling emotionally and physically safe, connected and supported, and instilling belief that students can learn and achieve when attending school.

Research shows that when students are chronically absent (missing 10% or more of the school year or 18 days over an entire year), they are less likely to read proficiently by third grade, achieve in middle school, and graduate from high school.

The Attendance Awareness Campaign suggests considering the following key messages to help improve attendance, connection, and achievement:

  1. Respond to absences with care and support, not blame.

  2. Building trusting relationships that promote belonging is fundamental to improving student attendance and engagement.

  3. Students are more likely to engage in learning and attend school if they feel safe, connected and supported.

  4. A positive, problem-solving approach driven by data will improve attendance.

  5. Supporting the health and well-being of students, families and school staff improves attendance

  6. When the whole community collaborates with families and schools, we can overcome systemic barriers to attendance and engagement..

For more information about how to get involved, attendance resources, messaging, and professional development opportunities, visit the Attendance Works website.

Attendance Awareness Month Campaign Resources

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August 28, 2023

Resources for September Observances

Various organizations, states, and nations recognize a number of observances each month. Resources help parents, caregivers, and child care professionals acknowledge and navigate them.

Here is a list of resources for September observances:

Month-Long Observances

Attendance Awareness Month

Baby Safety Month (BSM)

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Newborn Screening Awareness Month

Weeks of Recognition

September 17 – 23 was Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week

Days of Recognition

September 6 was National Read a Book Day

September 26 was National Family Day


March 20, 2019

Northside Pennsylvania One Book Professional Development Workshop


Explore early learning activities that enhance this year’s PA One Book selections: 

  • Barnyard Banter, by Denise Fleming (For children birth to 36 months 
  • Not a Box, by Antoinette Portis (For children ages three to five years)

Each attendee will receive a free copy of Barnyard Banter and Not a Box and a light dinner will be served. This workshop is now full! If you are a Northside provider and still need to register, please contact Rachelle Duffy at 412.421.3889 or There is also another workshop the following day on April 10 at Western Allegheny Community Library

Learn how to participate in a ONE Northside art project that highlights child care providers on the Northside!


Attendees will also take away:

  • Ideas for One Book-inspired circle times
  • Fun strategies that support early literacy development
  • Activities that develop early learners’ STEAM skills
  • Family engagement strategies
  • Prizes

One Book

One Book is a statewide initiative that promotes the importance of early literacy development for children ages birth to five years. Each April, Pennsylvania celebrates a book whose story and illustrations encourage children’s imaginations and love of reading to build a community of readers.


In partnership with Trying Together, early childhood educators will receive PQAS credits for their attendance.