About the THRIVE Center

Why We Got Started

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.

  • THRIVE Center staff provide information and skills by educating parents through advising calls, trainings, workshops, collaborating with other agencies, a comprehensive offering of resources through our website and bi-monthly e-blasts.

  • THRIVE Center staff mentor parents to become independent advocates and increase their participation in school activities.

  • THRIVE Center staff offers outreach to under-served groups to identify families that have children with disabilities that need information, support and services.

How We Got Started

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 the Colorado PEAK Center.  She is a founding member of the THRIVE Center.

Special Education Support Across the US

Under IDEA, a network of organizations exist 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.   

What are CPRC's?

Community Parent Resource Centers, or CPRC's and Parent Training and Information Centers or PTI's, both offer families similar information and training.  CPRC's and PTI's are terrific sources of information for parents of children with disabilities.

  • CPRC's differ from PTI's, however, in that they focus on reaching under-served parents of children with disabilities, such as those living in a specific area of the state, those with low income or those with limited English proficiency.  

  • There are 30 CPRC's throughout the country that serve targeted, under-served communities.  The THRIVE Center is a CPRC serving all families with children with disabilities in the Denver Metro area, particularly those with low income or who have linguistic challenges.

  • While PTI's are found in every state, including the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, not all states have CPRC's.  The PTI for Colorado is the PEAK Parent Center and the CPRC in Colorado is the THRIVE Center.  We serve the Denver metro area including Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson Counties.

  • CPRC' and PTI's are funded through our nation’s special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The THRIVE Center has been awarded four federal grants from the Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs. 

  • Most PTI and CPRC services are free to parents.  The THRIVE Center does not charge for its services.


The contents of this website were developed under a grant from the US Department of Education; however those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the US Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.