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The Center for Social Policy (CSP) is the external evaluator for Thrive in 5 Boston. As part of the initiative, CSP is helping to identify, implement, and evaluate community interventions designed to increase the readiness of Boston children for success in school at kindergarten age.

Thrive in 5 is transforming Boston into a city that values and proactively nurtures young children’s school readiness, and envisions a city where families, educators, providers, business leaders and communities come together with the knowledge, skills, and resources to prepare children for success in school and beyond.


A partnership between the Center for Social Policy at UMass Boston; the Family Nurturing Center of MA; Boston Community Partnerships for Children; United South End Settlements; Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative; and Dorchester House Multi-Service Center.

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Part of the UMass Boston Community-Engaged Teaching, Research, and Service Series.