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Lindsay C Page University of Pittsburgh Ken smytheLeistico seton hill university ConnectText goal To improve kindergarten attendance by using twoway text message communication to increase parent understanding of attendance patterns and to identify and address family barriers to dail ID: 777654 Download

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Connect-Text: Text-message communication to improve kindergarten attendance

Lindsay C. Page, University of Pittsburgh

Ken

smythe-Leistico

,

seton

hill university

Slide2

Connect-Text goal

To improve kindergarten attendance by using two-way text message communication to increase parent understanding of attendance patterns and to identify and address family barriers to daily school attendance.

Slide3

Why kindergarten?

To address high rates of kindergarten chronic absenteeism

To foster strong habits of attendance early on

To influence parent and household behaviors during a key period of transition when they may be particularly receptive to input

Slide4

Why text messaging?

Today, nearly all US adults (95%) own a cell phone & the majority of cell phone owners have plans with unlimited text service (Pew Research Center)

Texting effective and efficient strategy to engage parents

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How did it work?

Utility messages:

to provide information about school & related family/child opportunities in the community

Support messages:

to provide positive messages about the importance of attending school and developmentally appropriate learning tips / topics

Individualized messages:

to provide feedback on child’s attendance

Respond to engage and seek help

Time cost:

~ 30 minutes / week to support 2 classrooms

Kindergarten parents

Personalized weekly text outreach

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Example messages

Utility message:

Reminder Parent-Teacher Conference Week: No Classes Thursday (10/15-10/16). Message me to reserve a slot with your teacher. -- Jessie

Individualized message:

Hi [PARENT NAME], we really missed [CHILD NAME] today. Hope [he/she] feels better tomorrow. The field trip to the zoo will be great.

Support message:

Reading Rocks! Does [CHILD NAME] have a favorite book? Text back and we’ll share your fav with your teacher.

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Parents engagement with texts

Gratitude for outreach

Questions about school

Seeking help with basic / urgent needs:

Before- and after-school care / enrichment

Transportation / shelter / housing

Basic resources (clothing)

Household items (washing machine)

Parents had option to engage in either English or Spanish

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Chronic absenteeism was substantially lower in year of implementation

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Thank you.

lpage@pitt.edu

@

linzcpage

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