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Project THRIVE 

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Children and youth thrive in the presence of thriving caregivers.

Vision: Thriving children and youth engaged in supportive communities that prioritize physical,
psychological, and emotional safety to foster connection and belonging for success in school. 

Mission: To develop and support a caregiver-driven, youth-guided system of care that applies
the neuroscience of adversity to support healing-centered engagement through trauma specific recovery services. 

What is Project Thrive?

Delaware Department of Education was awarded a Trauma Recovery Demonstration Project
(TRDP) grant to launch Project THRIVE. Project THRIVE is a 5-year grant project, funded by the
U.S. Department of Education for state education agencies to develop trauma-specific
therapeutic service delivery models for the most vulnerable students within multi-tiered systems
of support (MTSS). Students must have experienced trauma and toxic stress that significantly
interferes with their school success (i.e., attendance, behavior, and course performance/grades).
Students must live in low-income families and communities who do not have the ability to access
these services without the state’s support. 

Parental Choice and Engagement


  1. Children and youth thrive in the presence of thriving caregivers.

  2. Project THRIVE is committed to supporting caregiver agency and helping them become good consumers of mental health care on behalf of their children.

  3. Funds will support the mental health provider of choice in delivering trauma-specific mental health services.

Guiding Principles:


  • Meaningful collaboration between caregivers, educators, and mental health providers.

  • Development of regulated emotions and behavior to support attention and productivity.

  • Growth of a repertoire of coping skills to manage stress at home and at school.

  • Expanded skills that support the student’s engagement in counseling and school.

Who is Eligibility for Project THRIVE?


Student Eligibility
Any preschool, elementary or secondary student enrolled in a Delaware district, charter, or private school that meets the following three criteria:

  1. Student has been exposed to trauma.

  2. Student demonstrates academic, behavioral, attendance or other issues at school.

  3. Student whose parents/caregivers or guardians’ income is below the poverty threshold as defined by the US Department of Health and Human Services OR meets Financial Eligibility below. 

Financial Eligibility Examples
(inclusion in one or more of the following federal programs but not covered by Delaware Medicaid)

  • Student qualifies for free and reduced lunch (FRL).

  • Family is eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

  • Parent or guardian is eligible for TANF benefits.

  • Student lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence (McKinney Vento Act) and is classified as a homeless youth or student in transition.

  • -OR-

  • Student is uninsured but meets income eligibility to qualify for Medicaid or other federally or state-subsidized insurance programs.

  • -O R -

  • Student is insured, but trauma-specific services are not covered.

  • Student is insured, but services are unaffordable because of deductible.

  • Student is insured, but services are unaffordable because cost of service exceeds insurance cap.

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