Items such as art supplies, technology, books and field trips can enhance the preschool learning environment, but many teachers find that funding these resources can be difficult.
PNC and DonorsChoose.org, an online charity that connects individual donors with classrooms in need, are teaming up to help pre-K teachers obtain quality resources and experiences for students in public pre-K and Head Start classrooms across the country. A recent study by the National Head Start Association showed that 94 percent of teachers say they need more resources to enrich the classroom, but 84 percent say they are unable to fund the experiences they want to provide.
As part of its Grow Up Great initiative, PNC will contribute $5 million to support pre-K classrooms in 22 states and Washington, D.C., where PNC operates. PNC’s gift also enables DonorsChoose.org to expand its education funding platform to include project requests from Head Start teachers for the first time.
“PNC’s work with DonorsChoose.org reflects our commitment to helping children get a strong start in life,” said PNC Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer William Demchak.
This program will directly improve pre-k teachers’ ability to help more students reach their full potential and, through their successes, will strengthen the communities we serve.
To date, PNC’s $350 million, bilingual Grow Up Great program has helped more than three million children through grants and educational programming.
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