About Thrive

About Thrive Washington

On Jan. 1, 2014, Thrive by Five Washington and the Foundation for Early Learning, two of the state’s key early learning organizations, officially merged, forming a stronger public-private partnership with an annual budget of more than $16 million that will better serve Washington’s youngest children and their families. In March 2015, the organization was renamed Thrive Washington.


Together, we will create a single, highly competent, deeply experienced, effective and sustainable statewide organization, embracing a unified vision. Together, we can do so much more than we could ever do on our own. Together, we see great opportunity:

  • We will strengthen and expand our leadership role in shaping and implementing the Early Learning Plan, taking full advantage of the innovation and momentum around early learning in Washington state and throughout the country.
  • We believe in the work we started independently, and we know that our work, the early learning field, and children and families will significantly benefit from our clarified role and our collective efforts and expertise.
  • We are excited to grow and deepen our partnerships with communities and state-level organizations, so that more families, wherever they live, get what they need to give their young children a great start in school and life.
  • We will intensify our commitment and efforts to support and create more high-quality services for children, families and communities that are considered at-risk or furthest from opportunity.


Over the past decade, Thrive by Five Washington was a leader in creating Washington’s high-quality early learning system and combining public and private dollars to make it happen; the Foundation for Early Learning was at the forefront of developing geographic, demographic and content-based alliances to develop and implement projects that serve families and their young children.


Both organizations got their start thanks to governors – along with bipartisan legislative support, philanthropists, business people and community leaders – who believed in the brain science and promise of early learning to give children a better start in school and life. In 2000, the Foundation for Early Learning grew out of the Gov. Gary Locke’s Commission on Early Learning. In 2006, Thrive was created to work in close partnership with the new Department of Early Learning as a result of Gov. Christine Gregoire’s Washington Learns study.