Young Knocknaheeny Area Based Childhood Programme (YKABC) is a community-based Prevention, Promotion and Early Intervention Programme, based in the Northwest sector of Cork City supporting parents and families, practitioners and services from the pre-birth period into infancy and early childhood.

YKABC brings the science, evidence and policy of infancy and early childhood development into best practice through partnership and collaboration to get every child’s life off to the best possible start by:

  • Respectfully enhancing skills and early childhood development knowledge of all parents, practitioners and services
  • Strengthening and supporting all relationships and environments that are important to every child’s early development 
  • Embedding systems and community change to support early childhood development and address childhood poverty
  • Participatory learning and evaluation, documenting and policy development.
  • The YKABC Programme is delivered through 4 locally designed, interconnected strategies, underpinned by an Infant Mental Health (IMH) framework
  • History Governance Consortium Team

Young Knocknaheeny is part of the national Area Based Childhood Programme within Tusla and funded by Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.

It is a member of The Children’s Rights Alliance, Prevention and Early Intervention Network and team members are members of Irish Association of Infant Mental Health