The first five years of life are a magical time, when the world is full of wonder and possibilities. It’s also a time of opportunity, when young minds begin absorbing knowledge that forms the basis for all learning.
That’s why PNC Grow Up Great® and PNC Crezca con Éxito form a $350 million program dedicated to helping prepare America’s youngest learners for great things in school –- and life
For every dollar spent on high-quality early education, society gains as much as $16 in long-term savings. Research has proven that children who participate in high quality preschool programs are far more likely to experience greater educational achievements, strive toward higher vocational aspirations and contribute to society in adulthood.
Every child deserves the opportunity to reach her fullest potential. PNC Grow Up Great gives her the encouragement and resources to help make it possible.
Since PNC began the program in 2004, PNC Grow Up Great has distributed more than $121 million in grants that help young children prepare for school by focusing on readiness in vocabulary development, math, science, financial education and the arts. Through these grants to nonprofit organizations, the program has impacted approximately 3 million children throughout 19 states and the District of Columbia.
It’s a cause embraced throughout our organization. PNC employees have volunteered more than 650,000 hours and donated more than 933,000 classroom items to help make our vision a reality.
Given the importance of making quality early education available to every child, we believe PNC’s corporate voice is critical to encourage the support of others.
Our awareness campaign communicates the importance of school readiness and provides helpful tips, fun activities and other educational resources for use by parents and teachers alike. We’ve distributed more than 3 million free resources since the program’s inception.
More broadly, strategic use of electronic, social, print and broadcast media has garnered billions of media impressions nationally.
Some of the nation’s most highly respected early childhood experts and nonprofit organizations help guide the Grow Up Great initiative, including Sesame Workshop, the creators of Sesame Street®; National Head Start Association; and The Fred Rogers Company.
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