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Family Resources

Families and caregivers can support struggling students in a variety of ways. Learn more about the dropout crisis and find tips, tools and guidance to help children overcome obstacles and succeed in school. Find information about what children are supposed to know and do at different grade levels and at key transitioning points in their education.

Attendance Works
Find useful tips and tools to support good attendance and reach out for help if you and your child need assistance.

National Dropout Prevention Center

Learn about the many ways the National Dropout Prevention Center is working to increase high school graduation rates through research and evidence-based solutions.

Parent Engagement Toolkit
Take a stand, get involved and learn about key transition points children experience in their education—from elementary through high school. The kit highlights four priorities that are critical to student success. Each one is heavily influenced by the actions of parents as well as educators, community-based providers and students themselves.

School Improvement in Maryland
Find out what your child is supposed to know and do in different grades, learn more about school assessments, and see what improvements are being made in Maryland schools.

Community Resources

Community organizations and individuals can make an impact on the high school dropout crisis. Learn more about the risk-factors and consequences of this local and national issue, and get involved. Knowledge is power, and the more you know, the more you can do. Consider being a mentor, advocate or simply lend your support to an existing program. Learn about local volunteer and mentor opportunities.

Alliance for Excellent Education
Find useful steps that every individual can take to help to reform America's high schools, learn more about education in your state, and get involved.

America’s Promise Alliance
See what the Alliance is doing to end the high school dropout crisis and ensure that students graduate ready for college. The Grad Nation campaign is the centerpiece of these efforts, bringing together more than 400 national organizations representing nonprofits, businesses, communities, educators and policymakers.

Communities in Schools
Get involved and help make a difference in your community by donating, volunteering or becoming an advocate.

Everyone Graduates Center
Gain great knowledge from an organization that analyzes the causes, location, and consequences of the nation’s dropout crisis with the development of tools and models designed to keep all students on the path to high school graduation.

Grad Nation Guidebook
Support communities in their efforts to improve high school graduation and college readiness rates. The guide focuses on four key areas: rallying your community to confront the crisis, understanding the crisis in your community, developing solutions and creating conditions for lasting improvement.