Thrive in 5 Gets $200K Grant to Advance Education Programs

October 20, 2012 — Thrive in 5, a collaboration of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley and the City of Boston aimed at building community capacity to support school readiness, announced that it has been awarded a $200,000 state grant to advance the alignment of birth through third grade education programs.

The award, funded through a $50 million federal Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge grant, will support programs at Thrive in 5 that expand the pre-K to third grade curriculum, build effective instruction for teachers, and develop workshops for administrators and families on the battery of assessments done at Kindergarten entry.

"Providing quality early education programs is one of the most important things we can do to guarantee that all of our children are in a position to achieve long term academic success. Boston’s Thrive in 5 has been a leader in this effort, bringing communities together around children and connecting families with educators to ensure that all our kids arrive at school ready to learn," said Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

Added Michael K. Durkin, president of United Way of Massachusetts Bay, “Thrive in 5 has been working with its multiple cross-sector partners in Boston’s neighborhoods to give children, families, and educators a strong educational foundation, and this grant will help further this important work/” The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care is overseeing the implementation of the plan, a coordinated effort among several state agencies, including the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and community stakeholders.

“We are committed to building a world-class public education system in Massachusetts, and these grants will help ensure our children have access to high quality education in their earliest years,” said Governor Deval Patrick. “Education is Massachusetts’ calling card around the world and central to our competitiveness in the global economy. We invest in education because we believe that it is the single most important investment government can make in our collective future.”