Area Based Childhood Programme
Blue Skies Initiative

The ABC Programme


The Area Based Childhood (ABC) Programme is a national Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Programme funded by Department of Children, Disability, Equality and Integration (DCDEI), delivered through the Prevention Partnership and Family Support Programme (PPFS) within Tusla.


An Ireland where no child is impacted by poverty and all children are supported to reach their full potential.


Through prevention and early intervention approaches, ABC Programmes work in partnership with families, practitioners, communities, and national stakeholders to deliver better outcomes for children and families living in areas where poverty is most deeply entrenched.

ABC Delivery Approach

ABC sites operate at three levels of change:

  • Frontline delivery of PEI services for children and families that support early child development.
  • Capacity building, facilitation, and support to service providers to implement evidence-based ways of working.
  • System change with management and decision-makers at a local, regional and national level.