PNC recognizes that learning in a child's early years is essential for their long-term success. Through Grow Up Great, a $350 million, multi-year, bilingual initiative that began in 2004, PNC provides the leadership, advocacy, funding, tools, and volunteers to help educate parents, caregivers, and communities on how to prepare young children for success in school and life. To date, the program has served more than 1.5 million children.
Research shows that equal access to quality preschool programs can result in long-term benefits for our children, society, workforce and economy. PNC's expansion into new markets presents opportunities to introduce children and communities to Grow Up Great and build upon its successful programs in support of science, math, the arts and financial education.
Going forward, PNC Grow Up Great's innovative partnerships in Raleigh, Newark, Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland enhance early childhood learning and help ensure that preschoolers achieve the skill sets essential for their success.
October 2012 - The PNC Foundation recently announced $1.2 million in grants to boost arts and science education for metro-Atlanta preschoolers, and to support Georgia's quality ranking system for child care centers. Fernbank Museum of National History, Sheltering Arms Early Education & Family Centers, and Young Audiences, Woodruff Art Center will share a three-year $1 million grant for arts and science programming for more than 500 pre-k students, their families and early childhood educators in lower-income communities. An additional $200,000 grant will go to The Georgia Family Connection Partnership to support Quality Rated, Georgia's new quality rating system for early care and education programs.
October 2011 - The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. announced the $250 million extension of PNC Grow Up Great, the innovative program supporting early childhood education that has benefited more than 1 million children. One of Grow Up Great's latest programs, a financial education initiative for preschoolers, will distribute $5 million in grants to several libraries and social service non-profit organizations to facilitate instruction.
Science education for preschoolers will be an early program focus of the extension as PNC also announced a $7 million expansion of its preschool science initiative to new markets it serves. In addition, 10 organizations have qualified to receive final, third-year grants totaling $1.3 million from the existing Grow Up Great with Science program, which launched in 2009. The two programs combined will have provided $13 million in science education funding for thousands of preschool children in underserved communities.
April 2011 - The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. and the PNC Foundation have launched a $12 million initiative focused on preschoolers, their parents, caregivers and teachers for an early start to smart money management. The initiative increases the reach of PNC Grow Up Great and includes $7 million in education materials and a public awareness campaign along with a $5 million grant pool to facilitate financial education instruction and materials.
Sesame Workshop, through a continuing partnership with PNC, has created a bilingual multimedia outreach initiative, which establishes the foundation for the program instruction to young children between the ages of 3 to 5. The English-Spanish kits feature an original Sesame Street? DVD with Elmo, Cookie Monster and their friends. More than 1 million kits have been produced. Each one includes a parent/caregiver guide and a children?s activity book that introduce concepts of spending, sharing and saving.
Sept. 2010 - The PNC Foundation announced $3 million in grants to four of Chicago's premier institutions to enhance science education for underserved students in preschool programs operated by Chicago Public Schools and the Big Shoulders Fund. The initiative leverages the expertise of the Adler Planetarium, The Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry and Shedd Aquarium, which will work collaboratively to improve early science learning and increase access to community science resources.
As part of the new program, classrooms will be provided kits of science equipment, tools and materials which are both durable and flexible. PNC also donated 40,000 of the new released Happy, Healthy, Ready for School! - Math Is Everywhere activity kits, created by Sesame Workshop, to supplement mathematics learning in the two pre-K programs.
May 2010 - The PNC Foundation announced a $2.1 million investment with the Detroit Public Schools Foundation, the Detroit Science Center and the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts to establish new programs in science and the arts for underserved preschool children in the Detroit Public Schools.
PNC's commitment leverages the experience of the three institutions to create new programs in preschool teacher training, add activities to enhance the arts and sciences curriculum of the Detroit Public Schools pre-k program and engage parents in their children's learning experiences.
March 2009 - The PNC Foundation announced Our Kids and the Arts - A Great Early Start, a $2 million investment in four Cleveland arts and cultural institutions to establish new programs and help underserved preschool children succeed in school and life. The grants will be shared among the Cleveland Museum of Art, The Cleveland Orchestra, PlayhouseSquare and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
Through Our Kids and the Arts - A Great Early Start, PNC will support preschool teachers in making the arts - music, theatre, visual arts, and dance - come alive in the classroom. The goal is to prepare children for kindergarten and beyond as fully engaged, active learners.