GREAT LAKES SCIENCE CENTER RECEIVES $300,000 PNC GRANT TO EXPAND SCIENCE EDUCATION FOR LOCAL PRESCHOOLERS
May 14th, 2013
CLEVELAND, May 14, 2013 – Great Lakes Science Center has been awarded a two-year, $300,000 grant from the PNC Foundation to help enhance education for Cleveland pre-K students and their families. The new initiative uses a hands-on, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum to engage children, ages 3 to 5, who attend Head Start centers operated by the Ministerial Day Care Association (MDCA).
Great Lakes Science Center educators deliver the comprehensive program through in-classroom, afterschool, and science center-based experiences. Components include classroom instruction, professional development and web-based resources for educators, as well as field trips, family memberships to the Science Center and home experiment kits to further engage the children and their caregivers.
“The funding from PNC allows us to expand our outreach to underserved preschoolers, providing more children and their families access to hands-on, STEM-based learning in an informal environment that will positively impact school experiences and career choices for future generations,” said Dr. Kirsten Ellenbogen, Great Lakes Science Center president. “Since young children are naturally curious and born experimenters, it is important for us to reach kids at this age and help them build their science foundation.”
The grant was made in support of Grow Up Great, PNC's signature $350 million, multi-year bilingual initiative to improve early childhood education, with a focus on underserved populations. To date, PNC has provided approximately $4.5 million in grants in Cleveland to dozens of local kindergarten readiness programs and initiatives, serving more than 100 pre-school classrooms, 30,000 students and 1,600 educators.
“PNC recognizes that kindergarten readiness is the foundation of the health of our children, their families and ultimately, our local economy,” said Paul Clark, PNC regional president for Cleveland. “Preparing our young children for their first day of school helps them learn and grow up to be our future leaders, innovators and employers.”
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Great Lakes Science Center is one of the nation’s leading science and technology centers and home to Northeast Ohio’s NASA Glenn Visitor Center. Its mission is to engage visitors through fun, interactive experiences to stimulate curiosity about and encourage understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. It features hundreds of hands-on exhibits, themed traveling exhibits, daily demonstrations, the awe-inspiring OMNIMAX® Theater and the Steamship William G. Mather. Great Lakes Science Center is generously funded by the citizens of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. For more information, contact the Science Center at 216-694-2000 or visit www.GreatScience.com.
The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group (www.pnc.com), actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture. Through Grow Up Great, its signature cause that began in 2004, PNC has created a $350 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life. For more information, please visit www.pncgrowupgreat.com, www.facebook.com/pncgrowupgreat and www.youtube.com/PNC or follow @PNCGrowUpGreat on Twitter.
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