READY Project

Through a federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, CCFH convenes partners in early care and education, pediatrics, family support, mental health, and homeless services in a unified strategy called Responsive Early Access for Durham’s Young Children (READY).

The primary goal of the READY Project is to foster the healthy development and wellness of all young children in Durham County, preparing them to thrive in school and beyond. This includes expanding the use of evidence-based practices for preventing mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders and for identifying and addressing behavioral concerns before they develop into serious emotional disturbances. While the project is designed to meet the needs of all children ages 0-8 in the county, it will give particular attention to those affected by racial disparities, substance abuse, homelessness, and parental military deployment.

No person on the grounds of race, color, religion, national origin, indigenous heritage, sex, gender, or sexual orientation shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any services or activities of the READY Project.

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Free Workshop for Parent Groups in Durham

Prevention, Trauma-Informed Training

News & Stories

READY Project Mid-Year Progress Report

Early Childhood, Evidence-based Treatment, Home Visiting, Outcomes & Impact, Trauma-Informed Training

News & Stories

Press Release: READY Project

Early Childhood, Prevention

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Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up (ABC)

ABC is a 10-session service for families with infants and toddlers ages 6 months to 4 years. ABC helps to build the attachment and connection between parents and very young children, and supports healthy social and emotional development.  It is designed for children and families who have experienced adversities (e.g. separation, parental mental health issues, or family violence) but may be helpful to any parent or caregiver who wants to form a stronger, healthier relationship with their young child. ABC services are supported by the READY Project so there is no cost to families!

ABC sessions are typically provided in the home for one hour each week for ten weeks. During the COVID pandemic, families will participate in ABC through video sessions with their parent coach. 

If you would like to learn more about ABC for your family or a family you work with, please complete the interest form below.


Upcoming Trainings



A two-part virtual workshop for Durham’s child & family serving providers | Learn More

With the presence of new stressors including COVID-19 and increased awareness of racism and social injustice, providers are experiencing much higher levels of personal and professional stress and distress.  Using a trauma-informed lens, this interactive workshop will provide participants with skills to reduce your risk for compassion fatigue and secondary traumatic stress and better support yourself as well as the families you serve.

  • Part 1: January 13th, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
  • Part II: February 3rd, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Register for this free training event here.


Free Virtual Workshop for Parent Groups in Durham: Raising Resilient Children | Download Flyer

How do we help our children to manage their feelings and become resilient in dealing with life’s stress? These questions feel more urgent  than ever these days.

In this interactive workshop, parents and caregivers learn how to cultivate children’s ability to: express feelings appropriately; build a positive outlook; develop coping skills; and deal with stressful life events.

To schedule a workshop for parents and caregivers in your organization, school, child care program or faith community, contact READY Project using the form below.


Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Learning Community 2021-2022  |  Learn more
Applications accepted on a rolling basis for traditionally funded slots. Priority application and selection for READY-funded slots in this training cohort has ended. Eligible Durham applicants will be considered for a READY-funded slot in the event a slot becomes available. |  Apply here

Learning Session 1: February 22-25, 2021
Learning Session 2: June 14-16, 2021

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Contact Us

READY Project Director: Katharine Cannon
(919) 385-0776

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