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 April 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's mission is to create the best possible start for DC children by connecting families and caregivers with a community of resources, education, and support that all children need to thrive by five.
We believe by working together across the District, we can connect families with the services and programs, resources and support designed to nurture the whole child and prepare them for lifelong success.
The goals of Thrive by Five DC include:
- Create better outcomes by for children by connecting education, health, and human services
- Spread awareness of resources and services among mothers and families
- Help residents navigate the city's wide range of early health and learning resources
- Create collective action at the intersection of health care and education to improve outcomes for mothers, infants, and children
To ensure a strong start in school and life for all children in the District of Columbia, Thrive by Five is guided by the following values:
- A focus on equity and access for children and families is crucial to closing the opportunity gap.
- 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.
- Engaged, supported, and connected communities are vital to a healthy and integrated early learning system.
- Authentic partnerships are essential to progress and success.