About Our Initiative

For the last 15 years, we’ve focused on early learning to help children succeed

PNC is celebrating the 15th anniversary of our flagship philanthropic program, PNC Grow Up Great – a bilingual initiative to prepare children, particularly underserved children, from birth to age five for success in school and life. We are marking the occasion with new educational resources and an additional $150 million to extend the program, now a $500 million initiative.

PNC Continues To Inspire Great Futures

Inspiring Great Futures for Young Children

Research has shown that the first five years of a child's life are critical to long-term achievement. We believe that an investment in pre-K students makes good economic sense and plants the seeds for the dynamic workforce of tomorrow.

To that end, we provide innovative opportunities that assist families, educators and community partners to enhance children's learning and development, particularly in underserved communities.

We're Making an Impact

Since PNC Grow Up Great began in 2004:


in Grants

Distributed to organizations that support early childhood education


Children Served

By grant-funded programs and mobile educational tours


Employee Volunteer Hours

Through a progressive policy that permits up to 40 hours of paid time off for volunteerism

Engaging Young Learners with High Quality Resources

We offer free, high quality resources for parents and educators to foster daily learning interactions with young children.

Lesson Center

Designed for teachers to use flexibly with existing curricula, we collaborated with our grant partners to develop theme-based, printable lessons to enhance hands-on learning in the classroom.
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Teacher's Toolkit

We're providing educators with tools for success by providing effective instructional techniques on inquiry learning and home school connection tips to enhance learning in their classrooms.
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Sesame Street® Learning Resources

In partnership with Sesame Street® to help celebrate the 15th Anniversary of Grow Up Great, we’ve created fun videos and resources for families to help take children on everyday learning adventures.
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Everyday Learning Tips

We developed tips for every time of day - whether that's bedtime, mealtime or doing errands - that parents can use to turn everyday moments into learning opportunities for their child.
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On-the-Move to Promote School Readiness

Through our mobile tours, we're bringing the magic of early education to children and families around the country.
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Enhancing Classrooms in Our Communities

Through a now $10 million initiative with DonorsChoose.org, we help provide pre-K teachers with the enhanced classroom resources and experiences they need to inspire students’ love of learning.
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The People & Partners Behind Our Work

Strong PNC leadership and our advisory committee comprised of leaders in early childhood education are behind everything we do.

In addition, 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 Fred Rogers Productions.
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