Model Program

Come Back Kids

3939 13th St.
Riverside, CA 92503

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Contact Information:
Mrs. Debra J. Sacks

Program Specification:






Insufficient Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

High School


School Wide


Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities


Come Back Kids is a program that offers prevention/intervention services to students of all ages who wish to re-enroll in an educational program. Studente high school graduation requirements/credits Prepare for the General Educational Development (G.E.D.) Earn high school and college crs who have fallen through the cracks are offered an opportunity to make up credits, find classes they need, and get special training. Students receive the opportunity to: Prepare to take the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) Completedits Attend Adult Basic Education Attend English as a Second Language Enroll in Workforce Development.

Program Descriptors Include:
Alternative Education

Strategies for Locating Students:
Phone calls, Personalized letters, Newspaper ads, Television ads/radio announcements, Online videos, Website with reenrollment options, Reengagement/resource fairs, Materials distributed in public venues, Posters displayed in public places, Outreach conducted at locations/events attended by youth, Public events focused on dropout recovery, Current students asked to recruit friends, School or district teams to track students, Collaboration with other schools/districts, Collaboration with social service agencies/community-based organizations, Collaboration with law enforcement

Starting Date: 2008
Students Served Per Year: 500+
Reenrolled Students with Disabilities: 11-15%
Last Verified: 2013

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Has a learning disability or emotional disturbance
  • Parenthood
  • High-risk peer group
  • High-risk social behavior
  • Highly socially active outside of school
  • Low achievement
  • Retention/overage for grade
  • Poor attendance
  • Low educational expectations
  • Lack of effort
  • Low commitment to school
  • No extracurricular participation
  • Misbehavior

Family factors

  • Low socioeconomic status
  • High family mobility
  • Low education level of parents
  • Large number of siblings
  • Not living with both natural parents
  • Family disruption
  • Low educational expectations
  • Sibling(s) has dropped out
  • Low contact with school
  • Lack of conversations about school

School factors

  • Race/ethnicity
  • School math achievement
  • School policies and practices

Program promotes the following:


  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Clear social norms
  • Good relationships with parents, peers, and teachers
  • Involvement with positive peer activities
  • Perception of support from adults and peers


  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards
  • Positive/resilient temperament


  • Social competencies
  • Self efficacy


  • Problem-solving skills
  • Flexibility


  • High expectations by community, family, school, and self
  • Optimistic


  • Comprehensive diagnostic systems
  • Early warning systems
  • Personalized instruction and learning
  • Rigorous and relevant instruction
  • Academic support
  • Instruction on behavior and social skills
  • Supportive school climate
  • Development of vocational skills
  • Encourage family involvement/community supports
  • Teach self-determination and self-advocacy skills including student/person-centered planning
  • Eliminate practices that push students out of school

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is over $500,000 or $1000 - $2000 per student.

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Federal Agencies
State Agencies
Local/City/County Agencies

Social Workers
Graduation Coaches
School Administrators

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Instructional Texts/Manuals
Computer/Internet Based

Riverside County Probation, California Family Life Center Youth Opportunity Centers, YMCA Teen Program, School Districts, Foster Youth Services, Riverside Recovery, CHOICES Mentoring Program, MFI

Evaluation Information:

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at school/district level
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level