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Truancy Reduction Demonstration Program








The Truancy Reduction Demonstration Program began in 1998 as a cooperative effort of OJJDP, the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (U.S. Department of Education), and the Executive Office for Weed and Seed (which became the Community Capacity Development Office). The following program sites were selected to implement truancy reduction programs incorporating the following components: community collaboration, public awareness efforts, a continuum of services for families, and successful system reform.
  • Contra Costa County Weed and Seed Office, Contra Costa County, CA.
  • King County Superior Court, King County, WA.
  • Mayor’s Anti-Gang Office, Houston, TX.
  • Project PACT (Partnering to Assess and Counteract Truancy), Wainaie, HI.
  • Safe Streets Campaign Truancy Project, Tacoma, WA.
  • State Attorney's Office, Jacksonville, FL.
  • Suffolk County Probation Department, Suffolk County, NY.
Although each program site targets a distinct population and takes a different approach, all are guided by a strong collaborative partnership that encompasses schools, juvenile justice, social services, and community-based organizations.
The Colorado Foundation for Families and Children is evaluating the Truancy Reduction Demonstration Program. The evaluation has two principal purposes:
  • Document the successes and challenges local communities face when developing a comprehensive, systemwide truancy reduction program.
  • Identify best practices that can be shared with other communities.
All seven sites are participating in evaluation activities, which include tracking youth in attendance, achievement, and attachment. In 2003, the evaluation design was enhanced in three of the sites (Houston, Jacksonville, and King County) to include comparison groups and examine sustained effects. Final evaluation findings are expected in late 2005. Preliminary evaluation results for each site are available at
Evaluation Contact(s)
Colorado Foundation for Families and Children
303 East 17th Avenue, Suite 400
Denver, CO 80203
303-837-8496 (fax)
 Heather MacGillivary
 Ken Seeley
OJJDP Publication(s)
Tool Kit for Creating Your Own Truancy Reduction Program
Tool Kit, February 2007. Outlines critical components of truancy programs such as family involvement, use of incentives and sanctions, developing a support network, and program evaluation. Available online only. NCJ 217271.
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National Center for School Engagement
Provides truancy prevention tools, an annotated bibliography of truancy-related publications, and program descriptions and contact information for National Truancy Reduction Program demonstration sites.