What We Do

Truancy Prevention Project

The Truancy Prevention Project works with students in grades 1-2 and 6-8 at two Hartford schools to increase their attendance and improve their grades.

Truancy is associated with students’ dropping out of school, alcohol and drug abuse, teenage pregnancy, and delinquency. The Truancy Prevention Project works with students who have a history of chronic truancy and their families, providing case management services that link students to counseling, mentoring, tutoring and job placement.

The program offers individual legal representation on issues that affect the students’ school attendance such as education, special education, access to health and mental health services, and public benefits. Opportunities for positive youth development are provided.

Access Services
The program is open to students in grades 6-8 with histories of chronic truancy at Alfred E. Burr and Martin Luther King Jr. schools in Hartford. The program is available by referral from the schools.

Alfred E. Burr Elementary School
400 Wethersfield Avenue
Hartford, CT 06114

Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School
25 Ridgefield Street
Hartford, CT 06112

The Truancy Court Prevention Project is a partnership between The Village, Capitol Region Education Council, the Center for Children’s Advocacy, the Connecticut Judicial Branch, and Hartford Public Schools. Funding is provided by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the TOW Foundation and Travelers.