Power of Two
Founded in 2015, Power of Two uses Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up (ABC), an evidence-based, home visiting model developed at the University of Delaware, to partner with caregivers to establish a foundation for success in children ages six months to four years. Trained coaches conduct ten one-hour, in-home sessions with caregivers and children who have, or are at-risk of, child welfare involvement. The coaches provide positive, in-the-moment feedback and help caregivers focus on specific behaviors that lead to strong attachment and self-regulation. Both outcomes have been shown to predict positive academic performance and social/emotional functioning in later years. Power of Two sees high program completion rates, significant increases in caregiver sensitivity, and improvements in child outcomes. Over 900 families in Brownsville, Brooklyn have completed the program and, following an intensive needs assessment conducted by the pro-bono arm of Bain & Company, Power of Two expanded its programming to Highbridge, a community in the Bronx with one of the highest populations of children under the age of five living in poverty.
- Population served:
- Families at risk of child welfare involvement and child-welfare involved caregivers and their children (ages six months to four years).
- Outcomes at a glance:
- Power of Two enrolled 200 families in a randomized controlled trial (RCT). Results to dates include:
- • Caregivers significantly increased in sensitivity measures, which is in line with the original ABC RCT conducted in Philadelphia.
- • Children enrolled in ABC exhibited more normative cortisol levels (a biomarker of stress) compared to children in the control group.
- • 51% of caregivers with clinically depressive symptoms before ABC no longer met criteria for depression after the program.
- Grantee since:
- Erasma Monticciolo, Executive Director