PNC Grow Up Great with Science!

PNC Grow Up Great with Science at The Franklin Institute

Family fun at Target Community Night.

Dennis Wint, President & CEO of The Franklin Institute, Bill Brown, President & CEO of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, Elmo, and Bill Mills, Regional President of PNC, at the premiere of One World, One Sky at the Fels Planetarium.

Participating Head Start preschool teachers attended two days of professional development led by museum staff.

Grow Up Great with Science is PNC's new initiative to help foster a foundation in science for area preschoolers at a time when many educators have sought increased emphasis on the discipline. A study by the National Research Council recognized that providing young children with research-based mathematics and science learning is likely to pay off with increased achievement, literacy and work skills in these critical areas. The investment made by the PNC Foundation to The Franklin Institute is one of 15 grants in seven states and the District of Columbia in celebration of the fifth anniversary of PNC Grow Up Great, the 10-year, $100 million investment in early childhood education.

The Franklin Institute is working with 20 early childhood learning centers in the Greater Philadelphia area to show teachers, students, and their families that science is a part of everyday life. Highlights of the program include professional development for teachers, a classroom visit from The Franklin Institute's Traveling Science Show, a hands-on learning experience at the museum, and special participation in The Franklin Institute's Community Nights program. Many of the activities will receive assistance from PNC employees as volunteers.


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