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Thrive: Laying a Solid Foundation During a Child's Early Years

Article written by Urban Alliance staff.

From the moment a child is born (and while in utero), they begin a journey into a critical window of time to shape their key academic, social and cognitive skills that will determine their success in school and in life.

During these early years, families play a key role in promoting the healthy development of their children, yet not all families are equipped with the information and support that help them create environments for their children to develop and learn.

Thrive is an Urban Alliance initiative that helps young children become socially, emotionally and academically prepared for kindergarten by collaboratively increasing the scope, quality and impact of local family-based programs and services. 

Here's how: 

  • Urban Alliance will provide organizations that offer family-based programs with support, resources and guidance based on attachment theory and well-established milestones for infant and child development, which in turn will benefit the families being served through those programs.

The support and guidance provided through Thrive to family-based programs is informed by research on early attachment relationships, which are unique, lasting emotional ties-between young children and their caregivers. 

Participate in Thrive 

Does your church or Christian-based non-profit organization provide support and services to families with young children?

  • Day cares, preschools, church nursery or preschool ministries
  • MOPS groups
  • Parenting education groups
  • Crisis pregnancy centers
  • Any other program working with families of children under five years of age. 

If so, your organization is invited to engage in Thrive and receive support and resources such as volunteers, donated goods, capacity-building support and grant funding to increase the scope, quality and impact of your program or services.

Exciting Grant Opportunity! 

Organizations engaged in Thrive will be offered an opportunity for up to two people to attend an upcoming Circle of Security training (a $1,000.00 value per person) in New Haven from March 15-18, 2016, as well as grant funding of up to $500.00 to offset the cost of facilitating a Circle of Security parenting group.

Circle of Security (COS) is an established eight-session DVD parenting education program that offers the core components of the evidence-based and internationally acclaimed COS protocol. 

The program presents video examples of secure and problematic parent/child interactions, healthy options in caregiving, and animated graphics designed to communicate the principals of COS. This program incorporates decades of attachment research in an accessible step-by-step process which can be used in group settings or individual meetings with caregivers.

Interested in participating in Thrive or learning more about the Circle of Security grant opportunity? Contact Jessica Sanderson, Urban Alliance's Senior Director of Research and Strategy at 860.986.7461 or jessica.sanderson@urbanalliance.com

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Congratulations to Thrive Grant Recipients!