New Britain is cracking down on truancy among its youngest students -- kindergartners.
The New Britain Herald reports that Joseph Vaverchak, the director of attendance, said it's intended to increase awareness.
About 29 percent of New Britain's kindergarten population is chronically absent, which is defined as missing at least 10 days of school last year.
In addition to meeting with parents, the two staffers will monitor data about students who are missing school and why.
Statistics show that children who are chronically absent from kindergarten fall behind in their school work later on, including the ability to read proficiently in the third grade.
A national study by Johns Hopkins University researchers released in May found absenteeism highest in kindergarten and high school.