Minnesota Thrive Initiative
Through their experiences with the Early Childhood Initiative, the MIFs heard rural communities’ call for stronger resources for early childhood mental health–the social and emotional well-being of children 0-5 and their families. The education, prevention and intervention services available in Greater Minnesota were sparse, and families did not know how to access help.
The Minnesota Thrive Initiative launched in 2007, with six Greater Minnesota pilot sites receiving three years of funding and technical support to identify needs and opportunities, facilitate dialogue, and develop action plans in each MIF region.
Thrive has built awareness, strengthened community systems, and improved the way professionals and families work together. Thrive has also resulted in greater collaboration among organizations statewide and created a “place at the table” for rural Minnesota communities to share their perspectives and advocate for the needs of young children and their families.