Mayor Muriel Bowser 

Our Focus

The first years of a child’s life are incredibly important, and we know that during this critical developmental period, parents and caretakers are a child’s first teacher and most important advocate. As we work to spread inclusive prosperity and ensure that all Washingtonians are benefitting from our city’s growth, initiatives like Thrive by Five DC will put more families on a path to long-term success and prosperity.

— Mayor Muriel Bowser


To demonstrate the District's commitment, not only to maternal health, but also to early child development and education, Mayor Bowser launched Thrive by Five DC-- the District's first comprehensive childhood health and early learning initiative. In May 2019, Thrive by Five DC appointed Dr. Faith Gibson Hubbard as the office's first Executive Director and grew beyond its presence as an online resource hub.


Thrive by Five DC works to ensure that every family in the District is knowledgeable of and connected to programs and resources, ranging from maternal health to early childhood supports, needed not only to survive, but thrive.


We see Thrive by Five DC as an opportunity to make the connections between education, health, and human services that would result in greater outcomes for children.


To ensure a strong start in school and life for all children in the District of Columbia, this initiative is guided by the following values:

  • Parents are their child’s first teacher and most important advocate.
  • Early childhood development is about more than early learning and demands a comprehensive approach.
  • A focus on equity and access for children and families is crucial to closing the opportunity gap.
  • Engaged, supported and connected communities are vital to a healthy early learning system.
  • High-quality programs require a balance of evidence and innovation.
  • Authentic partnerships are essential to progress and success.



Thrive by Five's main goals include collaboration and coordination of existing efforts to address perinatal health and wellness and early childhood development and education. In order to connect the vision of Thrive by Five to work currently in action, Thrive by Five convened an advisory group of agencies and organizations that work to identify top issue areas and trends, significant gaps in the healthcare and education system that serve as barriers for families, and examples of innovation and positive outcomes at the intersection of the two systems. In addition to providing thought-partnership, the Thrive by Five working group helps to ensure that the work of the office is executed effectively.

The following organizations are represented in the Thrive by Five working group:

  • AppleTree Early Learning Initiatives
  • Bainum Foundation
  • Bright Beginnings
  • Children’s Law Center
  • Community of Hope
  • DC Action for Children
  • DC Appleseed Center for Law & Justice
  • DC Health Early Childhood Health Division, Community Health Administration
  • DCPS Early Childhood Division
  • DCPS Early Stages
  • EduCare DC
  • Georgetown University, Early Childhood Innovation Network
  • Loving Care Child Development Center
  • Mamatoto Village
  • Mary’s Center
  • OSSE Division of Early Learning
  • Petit Scholars
  • Raise DC
  • Spanish Education & Development Center
  • United Planning Organization
  • Washington Area Women’s Foundation