New THRIVE Initiative Offers Online Parenting Programs for Families with Youth of All Ages

The Thrive Initiative is a continuum of evidence-informed parenting programs that are designed to empower parents and caregivers as they nurture children from the prenatal period until 18 years of age. The Thrive Initiative is divided into developmentally age- appropriate areas and consists of four universal parenting programs that are available in on online format at no cost to military and civilian families: Take Root (0 to 3 years), Sprout (3 to 5 years), Grow (5 to 10 years), and Branch Out (10 to 18 years). Note that all of the parent programs are developed, while the Branch Out parenting program is currently being developed.

The online, universal parenting programs are available to parents via the Thrive website: https://thrive.psu.edu. The online Thrive programs contain strategies to help parents strengthen positive parenting skills, manage stress in themselves and their children, and promote a healthy lifestyle. Additional resources found on the website contain mindful strategies for parents and children, ideas for eating healthy and cooking together, and fun activities to get the family moving – indoors and outdoors.

The Thrive Initiative is being developed through a collaboration between the Department of Defense’s Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy (DoD MC&FP) and the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State (Clearinghouse). The Clearinghouse is led by Dr. Daniel F. Perkins, Professor and Extension Specialist the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education.

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