What is THRIVE?

The THRIVE Initiative is a partnership between the Department of Defense’s Office of Military Community and Family Policy and the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State. THRIVE is designed to empower parents as they nurture their children from birth until their children reach 18 years of age. The Initiative includes four age-specific program areas:

  • Take Root! (0 to 3 years)
  • Sprout! (3 to 5 years)
  • Grow! (5 to 10 years), and
  • Branch Out! (10 to 18 years)


Each THRIVE program guides parents as they learn and use parenting skills that are based on science, so they can encourage positive youth development and resiliency across their child’s lifespan. The Initiative focuses on three topic areas: 1) positive parenting practices, 2) parent and child stress management, and 3) child physical health promotion.

Circle Graph for THRIVE initiatives