Thrive in 5


(617) 624-8005


(617) 624-9114


Thrive in 5's mission is to get every one of Boston's 39,000 children under age 5 ready to succeed in school and in life and to prevent the readiness gap currently evident at school entry. For the Fields Corner Children Thrive, please click here.

Thrive in 5 is a public-private partnership sponsored by Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, with additional funding partners. Also see a breakdown of Thrive programs and goals. Contact information for various program branches is available here.

Boston Children Thrive in 5 is currently being implemented in 5 neighborhoods. In each neighborhood a "hub agency" leads and coordinates the effort. Each hub agency works in collaboration with many community partners.

Neighborhood : Hub Agency

  • Allston-Brighton : Family Nurturing Center
  • Roxbury/North Dorchester : Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
  • South End/Lower Roxbury : United South End Settlements
  • East Boston : East Boston Community Partnerships for Children Neighborhood Cluster
  • Field's Corner : Dorchester House Multi-Service Center


Thrive in 5
c/o United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley 51 Sleeper Street
Boston, MA 02210-1208
United States
Key Partners: 

Mayor Thomas Menino and United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley; Barr Foundation, Boston Medical Center, Boston Public Schools / Community Partnerships for Children, Children's Hospital Boston, Eos Foundation, Partners HealthCare, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Thrive in 5 engages parents and representatives from Boston-based organizations in our Implementation Parternships. These partnerships serve as advisory groups for our work in Ready Families, Ready Educators, Ready Systems, Ready City, and Ready Children. Learn More & Get Involved.

Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

Boston Children Thrive in 5