What is chronic absenteeism?
Chronic absenteeism is defined as students who miss at least 10% of the school year—about 18–20 days—and can translate into them having difficulty learning to read by the third grade, achieving in middle school and graduating from high school.1
Hear from developmental psychologist and researcher Dr. Richard Rende, Ph.D to learn more.
Being absent increases the risk of dropping out
Thousands of kids miss school every day because they don’t have clean clothes to wear, putting them at risk of falling behind.
Making a difference in students’ lives, one laundry load at a time
Learn more about how the Care Counts™ Laundry Program collaborates with Teach For America to establish the program, install commercial laundry pairs and choose participants with help from principals, teachers and other trusted community members.
Program success so far
Whirlpool has been donating washers, dryers and laundry supplies to schools since 2015, and the Care Counts™ Laundry Program continues to expand to get even more kids access to clean clothes.
3. National Center for Education Statistics, May 2022. Data were collected from a total of 846 participating schools between May 10 and May 24, 2022.
5. Data considers only 2022–2023 school year results according to Impact YOY data.