The country’s 12 Area Based Childhood (ABC) prevention and early intervention programmes, including the Childhood Development Initiative, attended a national showcase on what has been achieved to date and to plan for the future. The Tallaght based Childhood Development Initiative (CDI) presented an information stand on its work led by CEO, Marian Quinn. The event enabled all of the initiatives who comprise the ABC Programme to exhibit their work, which is focused on delivering prevention and early intervention programmes to support young families.

CDI CEO Marian Quinn said it was of great value to present the work delivered by CDI and also to learn about the 11 other initiatives. “Since 2007 CDI has delivered evidence-based prevention and early intervention programmes. Approximately a thousand parents, children and staff benefit from our services each year. “It has been very valuable to learn what other initiatives have achieved, within their communities, and what has worked best. It is also very important that as colleagues we agree a shared view on how to take this work into the future for the benefit of as many families as possible.”

The 12 local initiatives which comprise the ABC Programme also includes the Blue Skies Initiative (Clondalkin).

Pictured: Attending a national showcase to share learning and plan for the future of the Area Based Childhood (ABC) Programme were Childhood Development Initiative staff including Michelle Quinn, Marian Quinn, Claire Casey and George Best. Credit: Conor Healy.