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PNC Grants $1.2 Million To Expand Atlanta Pre-K Arts And Science Programs And Quality Early Childhood Education In Georgia

Today's grant announcements with Rohr and Eddie Meyers, PNC's regional president for Greater Georgia, mark the local launch of PNC Grow Up Great, a $350 million, multi-year, bilingual initiative that began in 2004 to improve early childhood education for children from birth to age 5. To date, the program has served more than 1.5 million preschoolers and PNC employees have recorded approximately 293,000 hours through a progressive policy that permits 40 hours a year of paid time off for volunteerism.

In addition, PNC will donate 10,000 " Happy, Healthy, Ready for School – Math Is Everywhere" activity kits to supplement mathematics learning for participating children. Created by Sesame Workshop as part of a continuing partnership with PNC, the bilingual, multimedia kits include a guide for parents and caregivers, a children's book, along with an original Sesame Street TM DVD. Math Is Everywhere materials are available for free at all PNC Bank branches,, and

About Fernbank Museum of Natural Science Atlanta's Fernbank Museum of Natural History inspires discovery and exploration for visitors of all ages as it unfolds the story of the planet and its inhabitants through award-winning exhibitions, IMAX® films, and innovative programs.  Visitors come face to face with the world's largest dinosaurs, explore the development of life on Earth through Georgia's modern landscapes, connect with cultures from around the world, and engage in learning through a variety of science-based, hands-on programs. Fernbank also features a world-renowned archaeology collection and research program, as well as the country's largest undisturbed urban Piedmont forest—unparalleled resources that help the museum offer unmatched experiences that stimulate learning through science, nature and human culture. Fernbank is accredited by the American Association of Museums, a distinction awarded to less than 5 percent of museums in the United States.

About Sheltering Arms Early Education and Family CentersSheltering Arms Early Education & Family Centers is one of Atlanta's oldest, largest, and most respected nonprofits, providing nationally-acclaimed, effective early education and child care for 2,500 infants, toddlers, and preschoolers each day.  Founded by volunteers in 1888, Sheltering Arms is different because of its quality, because it serves all families regardless of income, and because its comprehensive services build strong families and communities.  To make a tax-deductible donation or for more information on Sheltering Arms, please call Paige McKay Kubik at 404-523-2849 or visit Sheltering Arms' website at

About Young Audiences, Woodruff Arts CenterYoung Audiences, Woodruff Arts Center is an affiliate of the nation's largest arts-in-education organization, Young Audiences, Inc. and Georgia's leading provider of educational arts programming.  Since 1983, Young Audiences, Woodruff Arts Center has pursued its mission – to transform the lives and learning of young people through the arts – by bringing the power of live arts experiences in music, dance, theatre, literary, and visual arts to young people from preschool through high school.  Each year the organization's curriculum-based programs reach more than 300,000 students in schools, recreation centers, libraries, museums, and other community venues throughout the state of Georgia.  For more, visit

About PNCThe PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, 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 and or follow @PNCGrowUpGreat on Twitter.


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