This lesson provides information that will assist teams in developing a Check-In, Check-Out (CICO) intervention.   Developing systems for teaching self-management and systematically fading and graduating a student from CICO as well as planning support for a student after graduating the intervention are key features of your Check-In, Check-Out intervention.


By the end of this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Determine criteria for starting to fade a student from CICO.
  • Develop a system for teaching self-management prior to fading.
  • Develop a system for fading CICO.
  • Develop a system for graduating students from CICO and providing ongoing support.


This lesson is for Tier 2 teams that have developed their Tier 2 systems, have viewed the Check-In, Check-Out (CICO) Introductory Overview, CICO Program Design, CICO Daily Progress Report, CICO Systems for Reinforcement and Response to Referrals, and Identifying CICO Participants and Data Management lessons, and are ready to begin developing systems for teaching self-management, fading, graduation, and support after graduation. Teams planning for preschool or high school implementation should also have completed either the CICO Adaptations for Preschool Implementation or CICO Adaptations for High School Implementation lessons.

Systems in place should include: 1) Tier 2 team roles and responsibilities, 2) identifying students for Tier 2 support, 3) collecting student information to make informed decisions and determine function of behavior, and 4) staff training and communication. Refer to Courses 1-4 for information about developing these systems.

Reflective Questions

  • What does self-management mean to you?
  • Why is it important to systematically fade a student from Check-In, Check-Out support?
  • How might a school support a student after graduating from the intervention?