Thrive by Five Tampa Bay is a cross-sector network dedicated to promoting the equitable development and lifelong success of children aged 0-5. We bring together caregivers, agencies, businesses, and civic officials to amplify and accelerate access to services and resources for families. Our focus is on the “whole child” ideology, encompassing their intellectual, physical, social, and emotional well-being.

Welcome to Thrive by Five Tampa Bay

We aim to raise awareness and meet children and families where they are, allocating resources and opportunities as needed to create equal outcomes for all community members.

Through collective impact and initiatives like Family Friendly Tampa Bay and Thrive by Five Connects, our resource and referral tool, we connect families to partner organization resources and work to fill gaps in access to services in Tampa Bay.

Ready for a Better Future, Ready for the World.


Partner Organizations in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties

Families Connected to Services

Awarded Family Friendly Employers

Be Part of The Solution

Thrive by Five Tampa Bay is powered by people who care about giving children access to opportunities. It’s easy to get involved at any level. No experience is required. Your perspective and your voice are powerful all on their own.

Parents & Caregivers

Community Partners


We can do this — together.

Thrive by Five fosters highly functioning countywide collaboration. We engage a wide-reaching network that proactively connects families and caregivers with the Tampa Bay’s many available resources.

To help serve our children and their parents and caregivers, our Vision and Leadership Councils work together to guide Thrive by Five’s strategy and efforts. We lean on a diverse set of stakeholders, partners, and subject matter experts who collaborate and help align resources across Tampa Bay.

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Your support can make a significant difference in nurturing the potential of children aged 0-5 in our community. Fill out the form below to help us promote equitable development and access to vital resources. Let’s create a brighter future, one child at a time.

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Setting children up for a strong start

A strong early childhood system ensures the youngest of Tampa Bay are ready to thrive in school — cognitively, physically, socially, and emotionally — by the time they reach kindergarten.

There is a significant and overwhelming volume of research and evidence showing over and over again that young children benefit from being in high-quality early childhood settings.

Over 90% of our lifetime’s brain development occurs from birth to the start of kindergarten, demonstrating the critical nature of this time period in a person’s life for building the foundation for skilled thinking, behaviors, and emotional well-being. It is in these vital foundational years that our youngest neighbors develop linguistic, cognitive, social, emotional, and regulatory skills that are linked to vital skills and functions later in life.

Unfortunately, too many young children from low-income and traditionally underserved communities do not have access to the settings and resources that will help them develop these skills to the maximum of their ability.

That’s where Thrive by Five Tampa Bay comes in.

Florida`s Early Steps teams up with Johns Hopkins All Children`s Hospital to provide early intervention & therapy services for little ones (birth-3 years) facing developmental delays or conditions. 💖 Making milestones happen, one smile at a time! 🚀 #EarlyIntervention ...

Unlocking life-changing educational services for children & families who may otherwise miss out! 🌟 High-quality early education is our passion, ensuring every child gets the start they deserve! 📚💡 #EducationForAll ...

Calling all parents! 🌟 Searching for the best resources to support your journey? Look no further! Visit to connect with the tools, guidance, and community you need to thrive as a parent. 🌱 #ParentResources #CommunitySupport #EmpoweredParenting #NavigateTogether #FindYourVillage #ParentingJourney ...

🌱✨ Help Me Grow Florida: Empowering families with support, resources, and early detection for a thriving start! 🤝👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Don`t navigate parenting alone—connect with a program designed to address your questions and concerns.
🌈🏥 #HelpMeGrowFlorida #FamilySupport #EarlyDetection #ParentingResources 🌟

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Parenting is a journey with its ups and downs, but you`re not alone! 🌟 Thrive by Five Connects is here for Pinellas and Hillsborough families, offering support and resources for your little ones. Take a quick survey, and get a tailored list of services to help your family thrive! Link in Bio. 🚀 #ParentingJourney #ThriveByFive #FamilySupport #ChildDevelopment #CommunityConnection ...

Happy New Year from the Thrive By Five Tampa Bay network! 🎉🌟 As we step into a new year, we’re filled with hope and excitement for the endless possibilities that lie ahead. This year, let’s continue to champion the importance of the first five years of life, ensuring every child has the opportunity to grow, learn, and thrive.

May 2024 be a year of joy, discovery, and progress in the journey of early childhood development. Thank you for being a part of our community and for all you do to support the well-being and education of our youngest learners.

Here’s to a year of making a difference, one child at a time!

#HappyNewYear #ThriveByFive #NewBeginnings #EarlyChildhoodDevelopment #GrowthAndLearning #YearOfPossibilities #EducationalJourney #SupportingChildren #CommunityImpact #BrightFutureAhead

Teach your children about diverse holiday traditions from around the world. Explore stories, recipes, and activities that celebrate global holiday customs and bring the world`s festivities to your home.

Discovering new traditions is a wonderful way to educate and entertain during the holidays. Share a unique tradition you celebrate at home in the comments!

#HolidayTraditions #CulturalExploration #GlobalFestivities #FamilyLearning #WorldCultures #DecemberDelights #CulturalEducation #HolidayLearning #FestiveFun #DiverseCelebrations

Community strength is our superpower! 🦸‍♀️🦸‍♂️ Join us in building a brighter future for our children by nurturing their minds and souls.

Discover the power of community involvement in early childhood development. Together, we can make a world of difference. Every child deserves a champion. Be that champion by getting involved in your local community.

Share your experiences and ideas in the comments below on how to support our youngest generation. 🌟👶

#CommunityHeroes #EarlyChildhoodDevelopment #TogetherWeCan #ChildrensFutures #CommunityInvolvement #ChildAdvocacy #LocalHeroes #SupportingFamilies #YoungMindsMatter #CommunityImpact

⏰ For working parents, quality childcare is crucial. Discover how we`re making it more accessible, allowing you to focus on your career with peace of mind. Quality childcare fosters early learning and development, nurturing children`s cognitive, social, emotional, and physical growth. These environments provide opportunities for socialization, enabling children to develop essential social skills and form secure attachments.

Quality childcare offers structured routines, preparing children for future responsibilities and offering stability. It also plays a vital role in school readiness, ensuring that children are well-prepared for formal education. Additionally, it supports working parents by offering a safe and enriching environment for their children, contributing to economic stability.

Quality childcare promotes diversity and inclusion, supports health and nutrition, and serves as a community-building hub. It plays an essential role in setting children on a path to success, supporting families, and nurturing the well-being of communities.

Join our movement for working parents at #ThriveByFiveTampaBay #WorkingParents

Parenthood is a journey; you don`t have to navigate it alone. 💛 Thrive by Five is here to empower parents like you. Thrive by Five Connects is an online resource that lets families identify and connect with relevant programs that support their child’s early learning, special needs identification and intervention, physical/mental health, and nutrition.

Evaluated through a simple screening process, this customized list of high-potential programs can help families garner abundant resources and support for their child’s timely and healthy development. Our TB5 Connects is a tool that connects you to a community of support, guidance, and valuable resources on your parenting journey.

Visit our website at 🌟 #ThriveByFive #ParentingJourney

Prioritizing our children`s safety, both indoors and outdoors, is crucial. In the home, secure furniture against tipping, use outlet covers and cabinet locks, set up safety gates, manage cords, and opt for child-friendly furniture. Outdoors, closely supervise play, ensure sun protection, maintain safe play areas, emphasize helmet use, teach about strangers and road safety, and be vigilant around water. By taking these proactive measures, we provide a secure environment for our children to explore and flourish. Let`s integrate safety into their incredible journey! 🛡️🌼👪

#ChildProofing #HomeSafety #OutdoorSafety #CreatingSafeHaven #FurnitureSecurity #OutletCovers #CabinetLocks #GatedZones #CordManagement #WindowSafety #ToxinSecurity #ChildFriendlyFurniture #Supervision #SunProtection #SafePlayAreas #HelmetUse #StrangerDanger #WaterSafety #TrafficAwareness #ConstantVigil #ConfidentExploration #ParentingSafety #AmazingJourney

Welcoming a new child involves thoughtful planning. To navigate this journey smoothly, consider budgeting by accounting for baby-related expenses, prioritizing essentials, planning meals, and embracing homemade baby gear. To secure a bright future, begin early by opening a savings account or 529 plan, automate savings, encourage education fund contributions as gifts, and research financial aid opportunities.

Parenthood brings new financial responsibilities, but you can navigate these waters smoothly with careful planning and smart strategies. From budgeting for your baby`s needs to securing their educational journey, your financial plans lay the foundation for a promising future.🌟🏦👪

#ThrivebyFive #SmartFinancialStart #FinancialPlanning #BudgetingForBaby #SecureFuture #ParentingJourney #NewBudget #PrioritizeEssentials #MealPlanning #DIYBabyGear #SavingForEducation #StartEarly #AutomateSavings #GiftsWithPurpose #ResearchFinancialAid #SmartFinancialStrategies #PromisingFuture #ConfidentParenting #ThoughtfulPlanning

Parenthood is a joyous journey, but it`s also a whirlwind of tasks and responsibilities. Fear not, fellow parents! We`ve gathered some ingenious hacks to help you reclaim precious moments and streamline your days:

Meal Prep Magic: Plan and prep meals in batches to reduce cooking time during busy weekdays.

Family Calendar: Maintain a shared digital calendar to keep everyone on track with appointments, activities, and events.

Morning Prep Power: Lay out outfits and pack bags the night before to breeze through hectic mornings.

Toy Rotation: Keep playtime fresh by rotating toys – it reduces clutter and keeps the excitement alive.

Life may be a whirlwind, but with these ideas, you`ve got a toolkit of time-saving tricks at your disposal. Let`s conquer each day with efficiency, laughter, and a little extra time for the things that truly matter! 🚀⏳❤️

#ThrivebyFive #ParentingHacks #TimeSavingTricks #Efficiency #MealPrepMagic #FamilyCalendar #MorningPrep #ToyRotation #ChoreChunks #HomeworkHaven #TechFreeZones #GroceryListApp #BedtimeRoutine #BalancingParenthood #ConquerEachDay #EfficientParenting #QualityTime #JoyfulJourney

🌟📢 Save the Date! 🗓️ Join us on September 27th for an exciting network gathering where we`ll unveil the latest news and updates and connect with our incredible early learning community partners. It`s a day you won`t want to miss! 🤝

This event is open to all Thrive by Five partners and their special guests. Let`s celebrate progress, share insights, and strengthen our commitment to early childhood education.

RSVP now to secure your spot: 🎉
We can`t wait to see you there!
#ThriveByFive #NetworkGathering #EarlyLearningCommunity

Crafting isn`t just about making beautiful things – it`s a delightful way to promote creativity, fine motor skills, and bonding with your little ones. Here are some simple and educational craft ideas for parents to enjoy with their kids:

Nature Collage: Collect leaves, flowers, and twigs during a nature walk. Create a collage by sticking them onto cardboard, fostering an appreciation for the outdoors.

Counting Bead Bracelets: Thread colorful beads onto a string while counting aloud. This craft doubles as a fun math activity.

Story Stones: Paint stones with characters or objects. Use them to tell stories, enhancing imagination and language skills.

Paper Plate Puzzles: Draw a picture on a paper plate and cut it into pieces for a homemade puzzle. Puzzles develop problem-solving and spatial awareness.

Crafting with your child not only ignites their creativity but also provides opportunities for learning and quality time together. These moments of shared imagination are treasures that shape their growth and love for exploration! 🌈✨🎈
#ThrivebyFive #CraftingJoy #CreativeCrafting #CraftingWithKids #EducationalCrafts #NatureCollage #CountingBeadBracelets #StoryStones #PaperPlatePuzzles #SockPuppets #ShapeStamping #RecycledRobot #PaperBagMasks #EggCartonCreatures #NameCollage #QualityTime #ImaginationExploration #ParentingJoy #LearningThroughPlay

Have questions about early childhood education or our work? Fill out the form or contact us. We’re here to support and guide you in creating a brighter future for every child in Tampa Bay.