This publication provides general background on the issue of truancy, and centers on developing and implementing an effective communitywide collaborative to address truancy. It includes a discussion on the importance of building strong social networks, so that the entire community creates a sense of ownership and responsibility for the issues the community faces. Nine strategies for building community collaboratives are presented and a Logic Model displays the flow of resources, activities, areas of responsibility, and expected outcomes.
This publication focuses on those programs, approaches, and strategies that have already demonstrated success. Six critical components of successful truancy intervention programs are identified. This is the first publication in the Truancy Prevention in Action series.