The Richard King Mellon Foundation is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) that aims to ensure that children who are enrolled in early childhood education or grades K-12 and who reside in low-income households in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties can achieve a 90% attendance record or greater. The Foundation will consider all submitted proposals that:
- Focus on prevention and early intervention strategies
- Account for the interrelated school, community, and family factors that affect children and young people’s school attendance
- Conduct ongoing data collection and analysis to understand children’s and families’ needs and identify solutions most likely to meet those needs
Successful proposals may also address related objectives such as reducing the number of truancy-related citations filed in courts, reducing absences resulting from the use of exclusionary school discipline practices, or reducing tardiness that causes students regularly to miss certain classes or activities.
The Foundation also strongly encourages collaborative proposals that engage multiple partners in the proposed activities, including sharing missions and goals, co-creating and sharing programs and services, and partnering in systems change.