The Thrive Story

Our Model for Success

MSU photo by Sepp Jannotta

Strong Families


Jun 20, 2015, Belgrade, Montana, USA. during the Thrive Girls On the Run 5k run in River Rock development. Mandatory Credit: Paul

Successful Children



Our Thriving Community

Thrive is a community-based organization established in 1986. Each year Thrive serves over 7,000 parents, children and community members through our five signature programs.

Thrive provides mentoring, education and support for children and families, so that everyone in our community has the tools they need to be successful. Our proven programs have been developed using evidence-based practices, adapted to meet local community needs, and rigorously evaluated to ensure program efficacy.

Thrive has developed critical community partnerships built on sharing design, implementation, management, evaluation, financial resources, and responsibilities for programs. This approach, which has the success of the child at its center, results in the highest quality services, maximizes scarce resources, and has a powerful impact on outcomes for children.

Our Core Values

Thrive's programs are designed around our core beliefs:

Early Start

The road to success begins in the earliest years with children who are born healthy and raised in stable, safe and nurturing families.

Strong Foundation

Healthy child development is the foundation for community and economic development.

Prevention is Key

Creating the right conditions for early growth and development are more effective and less costly than addressing problems that develop later.

Holistic Approach

Children live in the context of their families, and services are most effective when they focus on the entire family rather than the child alone.

Working Together

We can best create positive outcomes for children when systems, organizations and communities work collaboratively to support families and children.

Building Community

When families are strong, children are successful and communities thrive.

Our History

  • 1986
        • Thrive is founded

          Thrive (formally called Prevent Child Abuse, Inc.) is formally established for the purpose of developing and coordinating services and programs that prevent child abuse and neglect in our community.

  • 1989
        • CAP Match

          Jan. 1st, 1989

          Child Advancement Project

          Thrive designs and implements the award-winning Child Advancement Project — an in-school mentoring program available in all elementary, middle and high schools in Bozeman and Big Sky.

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  • 1994
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          Jan. 1st, 1994

          Parent Liaison launched

          In partnership with our local school district, we began to provide Parent Liaison services in all elementary and middle schools in the district. Parent Liaisons act as a link between the home and school to ensure strong communication and relationship building that promotes the common goal: successful students.

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  • 1995
        • Parntership Baby

          Jan. 1st, 1995

          Partnership Project launches

          Thrive partners with other local agencies to provide intensive in-home prevention services to very high-risk families through the “Partnership to Strengthen Families” project.

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  • 1997
        • Jan. 1st, 1997

          Parent Place opens it's doors in Bozeman

          Thrive opened the Bozeman Parent Place Family Resource Center, a comfortable and non-threatening environment with parenting literature and videos, computer and internet access, parenting classes, support groups and play groups available to all parents in our community.

  • 2006
        • October 2006

          Belgrade, MT Parent Place opens

          Thrive opens the Belgrade Parent Place Family Resource Center providing the same environment, support groups and classes as the Bozeman center.