Education Has a Laundry Problem: Whirlpool Helps Fight Back by Expanding Landmark Program to Schools Across Nation

Surprising Solution For One Factor Contributing to Chronic Absenteeism Backed by Successful Three-Year Study: Access to Clean Clothes Leads to Increased Attendance and Grades
Sep 9, 2019 8:00 AM ET

Education has a laundry problem and Whirlpool brand is fighting back. According to teachers nationwide, one in five students struggle with access to clean clothes, leading students to miss school. Students who miss school are seven times more likely to drop out.

In the midst of Attendance Awareness Month (September) and as chronic absenteeism, a hidden educational crisis, is top of mind, Whirlpool brand is picking up the pace in its quest to prevent kids from missing school by removing one small but important barrier to attendance – access to clean clothes.

Embarking on its fifth year, the Care Counts™ laundry program by Whirlpool has grown to support students in need across 18 cities and 82 schools around the country - providing access to clean clothes for more than 38,000 students. This year, for the first time, Care Counts™ is inviting a number of qualified schools nationwide to apply for a laundry pair to bring this program to even more students.