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NeuroNurture: a pilot project to nurture infant brains

Project NeuroNurture is a three-year grant to implement a proven, 10-week early intervention called Attachment Bio-Behavioral Catch-up (ABC), designed to regulate elevated infant/toddler cortisol levels. 

What is ABC?

Evidence shows that caring and responsive relationships with adults early in life can prevent the developmental delays and chronic health concerns caused by continuously elevated cortisol levels.


Developed by researchers at University of Delaware, the Attachment and Bio-behavioral Catch-up program, or ABC, teaches caregivers of children between 6 and 24 months old play-based strategies that build attachment--which in turn help regulate their baby’s cortisol levels.


Throughout each of the 10 one-hour sessions at a family's home, the parent coach observes interactions between parent and child and provides feedback on nurturing behaviors. Sessions are captured on video, so that parent coaches can highlight parents’ strengths, weaknesses, and behavioral changes.

The NeuroNurture Pilot

Project NeuroNurture is investing $2.4 million to serve disadvantaged families over a three-year period through five pilot sites covering 35 Kansas counties.

Horizons Mental Health Center

Reno County


Northwest Kansas Council on Substance Abuse

Cheyenne, Rawlins, Decatur, Norton, Sherman, Thomas, Sheridan, Graham, Wallace, Logan, Gove, and Trego Counties


Project Eagle

Wyandotte County

Rainbows United

Sedgwick County and Butler Counties


Russell Child Development Center

Greeley, Wichita, Scott, Lane, Ness, Hamilton, Kearny, Finney, Hodgeman, Stanton, Grant, Haskell, Gray, Ford, Morton, Stevens, Seward, Meade, and Clark Counties


Funding Partners

Get Involved

YOU can make a difference for Kansas children and families. Use our tools to advocate for evidence-based early intervention programs in your local area and across the state.

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