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Truancy Intervention and Prevention Services (TIPS)

Helping families and youth resolve school attendance challenges to prevent involvement with the child welfare system.


If your child is truant or habitually truant, Truancy Intervention and Prevention Services (TIPS) can help improve your child's attendance at school. TIPS helps figure out why a child is missing school, and then helps families remove that barrier so the child attends school regularly. This helps keep the children out of the child welfare system.

Process and eligibility

According to Pennsylvania law, a child is truant if they have three or more unexcused absences during one year. A child is "habitually truant" if they have six or more unexcused absences in one school year.

TIPS works with community-based agencies to help families get kids in school consistently and on time. A good attendance record helps a family avoid formal involvement with child welfare.

Truancy Intervention and Prevention Services works with the School District of Philadelphia, Family Court, and community-based agencies to help families:

  • Figure out why their kids are missing school
  • Access resources to help kids make it to school
  • Maintain regular school attendance
  • And avoid kids and families involved in formal child welfare services

Truancy and Intervention Prevention Services are only referred through the School District of Philadelphia or Project Go, a truancy prevention program supporting charter schools and led by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. If your child attends a School District of Philadelphia school, you should:

If your child attends a charter, private, or parochial school, you should contact the school’s leadership with all questions and concerns.