About the ABC Programme

The Area Based Childhood (ABC) programme, which is jointly funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and Atlantic Philanthropies, targets investment in evidence-informed interventions to improve the long-term outcomes for children and families living in areas of disadvantage.

The ABC Programme aims to break “the cycle of child poverty within areas where it is most deeply entrenched and where children are most disadvantaged, through integrated and effective services and interventions” (Programme for Government, 2013) in the areas of child development, child well-being, parenting and educational disadvantage.

In November 2014, the then Tánaiste, Eamon Gilmore and the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald launched the ABC Programme here in NCI. The Docklands and East Dublin Consortium, for which NCI is the lead agency, were awarded funding of €1.2m to implement their proposal.

Since then we have been working with Pobal and Centre for Effective Services (CES) to implement the programme. Building upon the existing expertise and interventions in the area, our aim is to continue and extend the existing programmes, which address disadvantage in the Dublin Docklands and East Inner City through the provision from pre-birth of an integrated programme of interventions and support for children, their parents and families, and educators.

Working in partnership with Government

Through its ongoing support of ELI, the Government directly helps children and young people to reach their full potential in all areas of learning and development. Implementing Government policy at local level is the foundation of all ELI’s programmes. Through its investment in ELI’s programmes, the Government is delivering on Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures: The National Policy Framework for Children and Young People 2014-15 (DCYA 2014); the Programme for Government (2011) and the National Strategy to Improve Literacy and Numeracy (DES 2011), thereby ensuring that education is at the heart of a more cohesive, more equal and more successful society and the engine of sustainable growth. Its support has been very influential in helping us improve outcomes for the children and young people we work with.


  • To improve wellbeing,  developmental and learning outcomes for children (0-8 years)
  • To increase parental skills, knowledge and engagement  in all areas of their children’s development and learning
  • To ensure effective  transitions for children at key developmental stages and between home, primary schools, early years, statutory & community services
  • To continue to improve the quality of the services (statutory, community and voluntary) provided to children and their families
  • To enhance and develop the existing interagency collaboration within the area, including implementing the Meitheal Practice Model
  • To enable children and their families to experience a safe, secure, stable, caring, holistic, learning and restorative environment at home, in services (statutory, community and voluntary) and throughout the community

Docklands and East Inner City ABC Programmes are: