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 Bussi-idealphotography.com

Successful Children



Our Thriving Community

Thrive is a community-based organization established in 1986. Each year Thrive serves over 6,000 parents, children and community members through our four 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 (formerly 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.

  • 2012
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          CAP Mentoring Program Added to National Registry of Evidence Based Programs & Practices

  • 2015
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          Thrive Adopts National Program "Girls on the Run" to Offer to Gallatin and Park County

          Girls on the Run is a life-changing program for 8- to 13-year-old girls that promotes girl empowerment by teaching life skills through lessons and running.

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          April 2015

          Partnership Project Home Visiting Model Published in National Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences

          “Even though children in the two programs made very similar amounts of progress, children in the Thrive Partnership Program were significantly more likely to show progress in communication, gross motor, fine motor, and personal/social development than children in the PHHV Program.”

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  • 2016
  • 2019
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          January 2019

          Thrive Becomes a National Blue Ribbon Affiliate for the Parents as Teachers Curriculum

          To help ensure that Parents as Teachers affiliates are achieving fidelity to the Parents as Teachers model and facilitate continuous quality improvements – and children and families are thereby receiving the highest quality services possible – Parents as Teachers developed the Quality Endorsement and Improvement Process. Thrive completed a comprehensive self-study and review process that demonstrated we exceed the Parents as Teachers Essential Requirements.

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  • 2020
  • 2021
        • March 2021

          Thrive is Awarded Prestigious Innovations Grant

          Thrive is honored and excited to announce that we are a recipient of the Innovations Grant through the University of Montana’s Center for Children, Families, and Workforce Development.

          This funding will be used to expand and bolster our Parent Place services. Thrive will be building on current partnerships as well as creating new support networks for local children and their parents. While Thrive has always been available for a continuum of services for families, through this project we will expand our visibility, and test multiple avenues for increased service delivery.

          This opportunity also allows us to build on our vision of an Early Childhood Learning Lab with expanded early intervention services that include developmental screenings for children 0-5, in depth development and literacy support, and enhanced parenting classes and referral.

        • Numbers

          April 2021

          Thrive Closes on the Red Chair Building

          Due to our incredibly generous donor base helping to unlock our $1.5M match, Thrive closes on the Red Chair.

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          August 2021

          Thrive Hires Full Time Spanish-Speaking Liaison

          Thrive recognized the need for extra support for the growing number of Spanish-Speaking families in the district. Thrive’s newest Liaison will work with Spanish-Speaking families from all schools.