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.
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
Northwest Kansas Council on Substance Abuse
Cheyenne, Rawlins, Decatur, Norton, Sherman, Thomas, Sheridan, Graham, Wallace, Logan, Gove, and Trego Counties
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
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.