Thrive manages a multi-faceted, strategic and highly regarded annual grants portfolio of about $11 million that helps build the highest-quality early learning programs for every child, especially those furthest from opportunity. We combine and maximize public and private funds and invest in agencies, coalitions and nonprofit partners, supporting innovation, sustainability and expansion.
Early math skills are the single biggest indicator of a child’s long-term school success. However, fewer than half of Washington state’s children enter kindergarten with the math skills they need. To increase the STEM success of children and families, Thrive funds organizations doing innovative work that provides children a strong start in this critical component of early learning.
Home visiting is a powerful investment and a proven strategy for strengthening families. When families receive home-based support, children are better prepared for school, abuse and neglect are less likely, and parent-child bonds are stronger. Through the state’s Home Visiting Services Account, Thrive funds high-quality, proven and promising home visiting programs – using combinations of federal, state and private funds.— to provide home visiting services to more than 2,000 families living in some of Washington state’s highest need communities.
EARLY LEARNING REGIONAL COALITIONS
Key to our state’s early learning success and sustainability are strong local commitments. Thrive’s Community Momentum grants help to fund the state’s 10 Early Learning Regional Coalitions (ELRCs). These grants support the strategic and innovative work of the coalitions as well as initiatives that amplify the voices of families and communities.