What do parents and caregivers learn from the THRIVE Initiative?

The THRIVE Initiative empowers and equips parents and caregivers, from the birth of the baby until the child(ren) reach 18 years of age, by providing evidence-informed parenting and health promotion skills. Each program within the THRIVE Initiative offers a curriculum that focuses on three main domains of learning and comprehension:

Circle Graph for THRIVE initiatives


What programs are part of the THRIVE Initiative?

The THRIVE Initiative encompasses four developmentally appropriate skill-building program areas for parents and caregivers: Take Root! , Sprout!, Grow!, and Branch Out!


How are the programs delivered to parents and caregivers?

The THRIVE Initiative includes four age-specific program areas, each of which includes at least one face-to-face or online program:

THRIVE Initiative Age Specific Program Areas
Take Root! Sprout! Grow! Branch out!
0 to 6 months: Offered online, currently available6 to 12 months: Offered online, currently available

1 to 3 years: Offered online, currently available

3 to 5 years old: Offered online, under development 5 to 10 years old: Offered as a face-to-face program, currently available

5 to 10 years old: Offered online, currently available

10 to 14 years old: Pending development

14 to 18 years old workshops: Pending development


How much does it cost for families to participate in THRIVE programming?

Families can participate in the THRIVE programming at no cost – it is free for parents and caregivers who successfully complete registration.


How do parents and caregivers register to participate?

If you are interested in registering for a THRIVE program, please contact the Clearinghouse to discuss our current program offerings.

Registration is generally available in three ways:

  1. Online: www.thrive.psu.edu
  2. Phone: 814-470-5640 (weekdays from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m. EST)
  3. Email: thrive@psu.edu


Are children involved in the THRIVE programming?

THRIVE sessions are for parents and caregivers only; children do not attend. Each week, parents are asked to practice at home with their children the skills that they learned during the class.


Where can I get more information about THRIVE?

The Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State, the program developer, is happy to answer your questions about THRIVE.

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