The ABC Programme
The Area-Based Childhood (ABC) programme aims to improve outcomes for children and their families in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the country. The programme has a particular emphasis on improving health, educational and social outcomes for children and on improving the effectiveness of existing services for them.
ABC Programmes target investment in evidence-informed interventions to improve the long-term outcomes for children and families living in areas of disadvantage. It aims to break the cycle of child poverty in areas where children are most disadvantaged through integrated and effective services and interventions.
Blue Skies Initiative is one of 13 programmes in Ireland selected to participate in the ABC Programme. This is a three year cross-departmental initiative announced in the Programme for Government and is being jointly funded by the Irish Government, through the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, and Atlantic Philanthropies. It is jointly managed by the Centre for Effective Services and Pobal.