At the Princeton Area Community Foundation, we’re working to improve student outcomes by improving school attendance rates.

Through our All Kids Thrive initiative, we have invested a total of $3 million in grants that will be paid out over five years to 10 school-nonprofit partnerships that are working to get kids to school. That’s because we know that while education can be a path out of poverty, poverty can also prevent students from getting to school. And chronic absenteeism, defined as missing just 10 percent of the school year – about two days a month – means students lose opportunities to succeed throughout their lives.


Our school and nonprofit partners are working across the spectrum to reduce chronic absenteeism rates. For example, we have two district-wide initiatives; and two others are working with ninth-graders; one program is providing before-school care and serving breakfast to students who live in a public housing complex; another is looking at health conditions that may cause absenteeism; and the other four are working with elementary or middle school students, including one that is using the arts to help encourage attendance.

We have created learning opportunities, so our grantees are able to learn from each other and we can learn from them. We are also working with an outside evaluator, Metis Associates, because we want to obtain a true measure of our impact. We want to share our findings with policy makers, such as school board members and state legislators. We hope to help them understand which approaches to reducing absenteeism work best, so they can help establish best practices at schools throughout our region and the state, reaching many more students.

Learn more

Watch the video to learn more about the first year of our All Kids Thrive initiative. If you would like to hear more about our work, please email Nelida Valentin, Community Foundation Vice President Grants & Programs or call her at 609.219.1800 ext. 150.

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To learn more about The Community Foundation and our All Kids Thrive initiative, please

Donate Today!

To donate by check, please make your check payable to the Princeton Area Community Foundation with “All Kids Thrive” in the memo line, and mail it to the Princeton Area Community Foundation 15 Princess Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648.

We greatly appreciate your support!

For more information or support, please contact:

Nelida Valentin
Vice President, Grants & Programs
Email Nelida Valentin