Community Day Programs

Community day programs are one of many options available to administrators of the juvenile justice system to support justice-involved youth. While these programs are frequently referenced in the Title I, Part D (Part D) statute and nonregulatory guidance, they are not a well-known component of the program. To shed light on these important programs, the NDTAC has written two profiles on community day programs.

NDTAC’s newest profile covers the basics of community day programs, including a broad overview of a typical community day program followed by a short description of the statutory and regulatory relevance of these programs to Part D. The individual State profiles that follow in the second document provide a glimpse into how these programs operate, including their vision and mission; the youth population(s) they serve; their administration and structure; and their relationship to Part D. Through this profile series, NDTAC highlights how these programs serve the complex needs of youth who are neglected or delinquent (N or D).

This program profile compliments the Community Day Program Overview by highlighting three community day programs identified by State education agencies in Idaho, Montana, and Tennessee. These three programs use Part D funding to supplement the educational services provided to students in their care. Each profile includes the mission, program description, student characteristics, program structure, and key partnerships for the school. Finally, the profile discusses how each community day program uses Part D funding to augment the regular program of instruction.


Non-Secure Settings
Youth, Families, Communities, or Advocates

Resource Type

Reference & Implementation Guides


Family and Community Engagement
Exit & Reentry

Authored on

October 26, 2019