Attendance Matters:  Find Help By Dialing 2-1-1

Attendance Matters: Find Help By Dialing 2-1-1

Attendance data from the first quarter of 2019-2020 reveals that Chronic Absenteeism at Hartford Public Schools has been reduced by 5.4% compared to the same period last year. The greatest improvement was in Kindergarten, and in the 6th grade, Chronic Absenteeism was at an all-time low.

Some additional highlights to celebrate:

  • 1,081 fewer students are chronically absent now than last year
  • 9 schools have shown improvement of 8 percentage points or more
  • 12 schools are at goal range

The district’s focused attention on reducing Chronic Absenteeism and comprehensive approach made this success possible. The positive trend is due to several key strategies, including the District Attendance Team, school-based attendance teams, new school-based positions (Student Engagement Specialists and Family & Community Service Support Providers), a new student mentoring program, and more.

If  you seek help with your child’s attendance, you can call the HPS Welcome Center at 860-695-8400.

Consider 2-1-1

2-1-1 has  information about thousands of resources  in Connecticut to support you and your family.

2-1-1 is your one-stop connection to the local services you need, from utility assistance, food, housing, child care, after school programs, elder care, crisis intervention and much more. 2-1-1 is always ready to assist you find the help you need. Dial 2-1-1 or search online. If you are outside of Connecticut or have a problem using the 2-1-1-number, dial 1-800-203-1234.



Sample Calls

  • A single mother who is worried about the gas shutoff notice she just received.
  • A mother looking for child care and after school activities.
  • A caller who is depressed, considering suicide and wants help.
  • A young woman with a disability inquires about available transportation.
  • A caller seeking information about eligibility for Food Stamps.
  • A caller looking for volunteer opportunities.


2-1-1 History and Facts

  • 2-1-1 began as Infoline in 1976 as a public/private partnership of United Way and the State of Connecticut. By the mid-eighties, Infoline gained national recognition as a model system.
  • In 1999, 2-1-1 replaced Infoline’s 800 number and became the first state to use 2-1-1 statewide.
  • 2-1-1 is fully certified in crisis intervention by the American Association of Suicidology.
  • 2-1-1 is certified by The Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS). AIRS is the professional association for over 1,200 community Information and Referral (I&R) providers.


About 2-1-1


2-1-1 is a program of United Way of Connecticut and is supported by the State of Connecticut and Connecticut United Ways.


For help with your child’s attendance at Hartford Public Schools, you may call our Welcome Center at 860-695-8400.

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