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County Achieving Success With Truancy Program

For a dozen years, Nevada County’s probation department has been reaching out to families with young children to keep them in school before truancy becomes a problem. The ‘Truancy Outreach Program’ has expanded, and now includes kindergarten through eighth graders…

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Chief Probation Officer Mike Ertola says a full-time deputy probation officer can visit the home to determine if services are needed, and can arrange for assistance with transportation if necessary, or provide referrals for other services like food, clothing, housing, or counseling if needed. They’ll even provide an extra incentive for the kids on occasions…

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Ertola says the program has been quite successful…

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The program is grant-funded through the state Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act.

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