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What: York County, PA sought to have a provider come in and address truancy in its schools. They put out an RFP, and Pennsylvania Counseling Services (PCS) was awarded the contract to implement Check & Connect. Lancaster County followed suit one year later.
Where: Currently in two counties: York County and Lancaster County, PA. PCS is contracted through the school district or child welfare to provide Check & Connect.
When: The 2011-2012 school year marked the second year of implementation in three York County sites; a fourth was added in September 2011. Lancaster County started in December 2011.
Outcomes/Results: During the first year of implementation (2010-2011), an average of 83% of the students demonstrated a reduction in their unexcused absences. For the second year (2011-2012), 84.7% of students had reduced unexcused absences. For the third year (2012-2013), 89% of students had fewer unexcused absences.
Web-based monitoring software has been designed for mentors to input data wherever they are, thereby reducing paperwork time, increasing time spent with students, and providing efficient reporting and increased accountability to funding sources.
Funded by: Grant funding, and York County and Lancaster County, PA
Contact: Leah Hannah, Director of Strategic Development, Pennsylvania Counseling Services, email@example.com, 717-272-5464 ext. 1134.
Posted July 12, 2012