SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Just getting to school can be a challenge for some kids.
But a program partnering The United Way of San Diego County and local schools is focusing time and energy into turning low attendance numbers around.
"Every Student, Every Day" was started several years ago with a goal of getting kids to show up more often and on time.
"Some parents are struggling with housing, transportation, trying to find a job, or just having food and basic supplies for their students," said local United Way president and CEO Nancy Sasaki.
While the reasons may be different, the outcome is the same. It's estimated that one out of every 10 students misses a month or more of school every year.
Students like Naomi Maden, who attends Adams Elementary and is participating in the program this year.
In her case, it was a time and transportation issue, which is now being addressed with solutions like getting up earlier and using an alarm clock.