Our goal is to transform early childhood in Pinellas County by working together and aligning resources so every child is ready for kindergarten.
How Can I Help?
Join a project team… Learn more about kindergarten readiness… Become an advocate… Donate… Adopt an early learning center… There are so many ways to get involved! Contact us to find out more.
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What We Do
Funded by the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg and run by the Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas, Thrive by Five Pinellas is a multi-faceted, community-oriented approach to ensuring an equitable, accessible, responsive, and accountable early childhood system.
Diverse sectors of the community are working together to achieve one goal: ensure all children in Pinellas County are ready for kindergarten.
Thrive by Five seeks to transform early childhood in Pinellas through intense collaboration, realignment, and use of resources by all sectors of the community and residents invested in the success of our youngest citizens.
Thrive by Five Pinellas is inspired by such programs across the US like Thrive by Five DC, Thrive by Five Detroit, and Thrive Washington (Seattle).
Thriving children have healthy development in the first 5 years of life that includes: physical health & well being; social competency; emotional maturity; language and cognitive development; communication and family support.
Why We Do It
For individuals, for families, and for the community, just a few reasons:
Early healthy development sets trajectory for long-term health outcomes.
A recent state report shows only 57% of Pinellas children were “ready” for kindergarten.
A baby’s brain has doubled in size at age 1, and is 80% of adult volume by age 3.
By age 3, a brain produces double the neural connections faster than any other time of life.
The human brain is wired for visual & auditory learning. Reading & writing must be taught and brains must develop in language-rich environments to optimize communication skills.
Access to quality care in early years reduces juvenile arrests and future crime victimization.
Nationwide, if all low-income 3 & 4 year olds were enrolled in quality early learning, the country could see up to $61 billion in additional revenue in less than five decades.
Early learning and readiness has profound impact on our whole community.
Educated and skillful citizens create stronger economies, locally to nationally.
How We Do It
Identifying opportunities and building bridges to multiply resources and create a comprehensive early care movement. Pulling together partners from the private sector, local organizations, chambers of commerce, municipalities, and childcare and health care providers. Encompassing hundreds of stakeholders countywide to pinpoint opportunities for our resource-rich community to work together to better meet the needs of our youngest citizen.
If done right, investments in early childhood serve two purposes simultaneously: Ensuring healthy development and strong futures for young children, and allowing parents to continue in their careers and in the workforce.