Special Education Support Across the US
Under IDEA, a network of organizations exists across the United States to train and inform parents about special education and other topics related to having a child with special needs, called Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers.
The THRIVE Center is a federally mandated Community Parent Resource Center (CPRC). In line with this designation, the THRIVE Center actually used the name "Denver Metro Community Parent Resource Center" in its first 10 years of existence.
The THRIVE Center was originally founded in 2006, when Colorado was granted funds for a Community Parent Resource Center to serve families with children with disabilities.
At the time, current Executive Director, Yvette Plummer Burkhalter, was working as a Parent Advisor and Community Outreach Coordinator at the Colorado PEAK Center. She is a founding member of the THRIVE Center.
The THRIVE Center exists to provide parents with information and training about disabilities; parent and children's rights under the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) and other relevant laws; and resources in the Denver Metro area.
The THRIVE Center staff provides information and skills by educating parents through advising calls, trainings, workshops, collaborating with other agencies, and a comprehensive offering of resources through our website and bi-monthly e-blasts.