Is this your program? Update your listing here or email with the subject line: “Model Programs Database Edit” and please include your program’s name.

Check & Connect

University of Minnesota
150 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Contact Information
Gretchen Hatch
Office Manager

Program Specifications



Age/Grade Level:

Preschool, Elementary, Middle School, High School





Target Settings:

Urban, Suburban

Target Groups:


Other Participation Criteria:

Students demonstrating early warning signs of disengagement


Check & Connect is a structured mentoring program centered around increasing student school engagement through relationship building, monitoring of disengagement warning signs and students' educational progress, interventions individualized to student needs, development of problem-solving skills, the encouragement of participation in extracurricular activities, and family engagement. A key factor in the Check & Connect model is the monitor or mentor, who is responsible for assessing levels of student engagement and for implementing basic and intensive interventions.

Program Descriptors Include:

Academic Improvement, Attendance/Truancy, Behavior Management/Discipline, Family/Parental Involvement, Mentoring/Tutoring

Program Rating:

Strong Evidence

Starting Year:


Students Served Per Year:

Last Verified:

July 22nd, 2013

Strategies for Locating Students:


Reenrolled Students with Disabilities:


Risk Factors

Program addresses the following:

Individual Factors

  • Has a learning disability or emotional disturbance
  • High-risk social behavior
  • Low achievement
  • Poor attendance
  • Misbehavior

Protective Factors

Program promotes the following:


  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Clear social norms
  • Perception of support from adults and peers


  • Social competencies


  • Problem-solving skills

Program Resources

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is less than $25,000 or $1000 - $2000 per student.

Funding Sources Include:

Federal, State, Local/City/County, District, Donations, Foundations, Service Clubs

Program Staff Includes:

Teachers, Counselors, Volunteers, Social Workers, Graduation Coaches, School Administrators

Materials Used:

Instructional Texts/Manuals

Supporting/Partner Organizations:

Evaluation Information

Description of Program Impact:
Four longitudinal studies using experimental and quasi-experimental designs have been carried out on Check & Connect across all school levels. Compared to students in control or comparison groups, students served by the program showed significant: decreases in truancy, decreases in absenteeism, decreases in dropout rates, increases in credit accrual, and increases in school completion.

How Evaluation Data Was Collected:
Outside experimental studies

Additional Evaluation Information: