Helping Young Minds Thrive

PNC Grow Up Great® champions early childhood education.

Since 2004, we’ve provided tools and resources that help develop curious young minds. We’re proud to serve children from birth to five, particularly underserved children, by empowering their caregivers and supporting their teachers. For the last 15 years, we’ve grown into a $500 million initiative—because birth to five is such an important time.

90% of a Child’s Brain Develops By Age Five

That’s why we believe it’s never too early to invest in a child’s future. Because when they thrive, the future becomes even brighter.

For more details, download the Grow Up Great fact sheet

We're Making an Impact

Since PNC Grow Up Great began in 2004:

$192M

in Grants

Distributed to organizations that support early childhood education

7M

Children Supported

By grant-funded programs and mobile educational tours

1M

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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