United Way
of Massachusetts Bay
and Merrimack Valley

Thrive in 5


Every child given every opportunity to thrive

Launched in 2008 by the City of Boston and United Way and running through June of 2016, Thrive in 5 was Boston’s citywide movement to ensure children from families of all races, ethnicities, incomes, abilities, and languages have the opportunities and support they need for success in school and beyond.

We are proud of our collective achievements over the past eight years, which can be viewed here. Some highlights are:

  • Boston K1DS Project
    In partnership with Boston Public Schools, Boston K1DS expanded the successful BPS preschool model in 14 community-based programs, and now serves as a model for the federal Preschool Expansion Grant (PEG) across the Commonwealth.
  • Screen to Succeed
    The first city-wide developmental screening initiative of its kind, Screen to Succeed has screened over 2,200 children in Boston and is poised to be scaled and replicated in other cities by United Way.
  • Boston Children Thrive
    This award-winning initiative has actively engaged close to 4,500 families as their children’s first teachers and as neighborhood change-agents for school readiness, through an innovative Membership Card system. The Membership Card will soon launch on a digital platform, increasing the availability of real-time data to inform analysis of which families are under-represented and help develop strategies to engage them.  BCT will continue in five Boston neighborhoods under the leadership of its “hub” community organizations.

Many of these (and other) signature Thrive in 5 initiatives will continue – and no doubt continue to grow and improve – through the ongoing stewardship of key partners. Learn more about this pioneering partnership and find resources at thrivein5boston.org.