Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP): An Education and Training Program for Health Care Professionals

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“The Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP) has been established to provide education and specific training in developmental observation and assessment for health care professionals, who have responsibility for the long- and short-term care of high-risk newborns and preterm infants and their families, and for staff members, who are involved in the implementation of their care on a day-to-day basis. A key focus of the NIDCAP program is the educational and consultative support and assistance to NICU and special care nursery (SCN) settings towards effective delivery of intensive and special care in a neurodevelopmentally supportive, individualized, and family-centered framework.”

This resource includes guidance on:

  • NIDCAP Education and Training for Professionals
  • Consultation and Guidance in NIDCAP Care Implementation and Integration into the Nursery
  • NIDCAP Nursery Assessment and Certification Program
  • Establishing a NIDCAP Training Center and Becoming a NIDCAP Trainer
  • APIB Behavioral Assessment Training
  • Becoming an APIB Trainer
  • Becoming a NIDCAP Master Trainer


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