The Genesis Programme is a consortium of over fifty Partner Organisations that is delivering the Incredible Years® suite of programmes and other evidence-informed interventions to children, families and communities in Dundalk and Drogheda in County Louth as part of the Area Based Childhood (ABC) Programme.
The ABC Programme is a cross-departmental initiative and is co-funded by the Irish Government through the Department of Children & Youth Affairs and the Atlantic Philanthropies. It is jointly managed by the Centre for Effective Services (CES) and Pobal.
The ABC Programme targets 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 within areas where it is most deeply entrenched and where children are most disadvantaged, through integrated and effective services and interventions” in the following areas: child development, child well-being, parenting and educational disadvantage.
In line with the Government’s commitment to draw on best international practice and existing services to tackle aspects of child poverty, the ABC Programme focuses on the implementation of interventions and approaches that have been found to significantly improve child outcomes in an Irish setting. These interventions and approaches within the target areas should also be integrated with mainstream services such as health and education.
The Partner Organisations of The Genesis Programme are made up of Early Years Settings, Schools, Community Groups, Louth Children’s & Young People’s Services Committee, Louth County Childcare Committee, Dundalk Institute of Technology, National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS), Educational Disadvantage Centre at St. Patrick’s College, Irish Primary Principals’ Network (IPPN) as well as a range of departments within the Health Service Executive (HSE) and Tusla – the Child & Family Agency.
Louth Leader Partnership is the lead agency.