ARIZONA NEWS

PNC’s Grow up Great program prepares young kids for long-term success

Aug 18, 2021, 5:00 PM | Updated: May 11, 2023, 12:19 pm

(Pexels Photo)...

(Pexels Photo)

(Pexels Photo)

PHOENIX — KTAR’s Community Spotlight this month focuses on PNC’s Grow up Great program dedicated to setting children ages 0-to-5 up for long-term success in school and life.

PNC developed and has been supporting the Grow up Great Initiative through $500 million over the past 15 years, according to PNC Bank Regional President Cathleen Walker, as research has shown the first five years of life is critical to long-term achievement.

“It’s a huge investment on our collective futures,” Walker said. “The long-term benefit is key here. Research has shown for every dollar spent on quality early-education, more broadly society can reap up to $16 in long-term savings from that.

“In terms of, less social services provided to people as they could become more self-independent and providing early success. Education helps get jobs and provides a better pool of labor for everyone.”

The program also caters to early education teachers with resources available online available to use.

“We have a lot of free resources available to teachers through the Grow up Great program online and otherwise that people could use, and we also work through organizations to find ways to support teachers throughout different communities,” Walker said, as well as various free resources such as book drives and bilingual lesson plans.

PNC has partnered with First Things First, working throughout all of Arizona to provide quality childcare, as well as Southwest Human Development in Phoenix that has a large head-start program.

“There are lots of ways that we work with other organizations in providing grants and support toward that. We also provide a lot of volunteer opportunities for our employees to participate with children as appropriate where there are needs.”

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

File photo of Phoenix Police cruiser with lights on at night...

KTAR.com

Collision leaves 1 dead, another seriously injured in north Phoenix

Police is investigating a collision that killed one adult man and seriously injured another in north Phoenix.

4 hours ago

File photo showing the side of a Phoenix police department SUV stopped in front of a wall on the si...

KTAR.com

South Phoenix collision leaves 1 dead, 2 others hospitalized

Phoenix detectives are investigating a collision Sunday morning that left one passenger dead, two other people hospitalized.

4 hours ago

(KTAR file photos)...

KTAR.com

Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Phoenix news stories from March 1-3

From bad driving and airport expansions to crimes and sliders, here are some of the biggest stories in Phoenix from this weekend.

4 hours ago

The U.S. Supreme Court is seen, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024, in Washington. The U.S. Supreme Court has h...

Associated Press

Supreme Court decision on Trump’s election status could come Monday morning

A SCOTUS decision could come Monday in the case about whether Trump can be kicked off the ballot over his efforts to undo his 2020 defeat.

5 hours ago

Republican presidential candidate former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley poses for a selfie after speakin...

Associated Press

Nikki Haley wins D.C. Republican primary, her first 2024 victory

Nikki Haley has won the Republican primary in the District of Columbia, notching her first victory of the 2024 campaign.

5 hours ago

FILE - A voting sign is seen near a voting center at Croft Baptist Church, Feb. 24, 2024, in Sparta...

Associated Press

A chunk of Republican primary and caucus voters say they wouldn’t vote for Trump as the GOP nominee

About 1 in 10 early contest voters who said they supported Trump in the 2020 general election said they wouldn’t be doing so this year.

8 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Fiesta Bowl Foundation

The 51st annual Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade is excitingly upon us

The 51st annual Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade presented by Lerner & Rowe is upon us! The attraction honors Arizona and the history of the game.

(KTAR News Graphic)...

Boys & Girls Clubs

KTAR launches online holiday auction benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley

KTAR is teaming up with The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley for a holiday auction benefitting thousands of Valley kids.

...

Sanderson Ford

The best ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day and give back to the community

Veterans Day is fast approaching and there's no better way to support our veterans than to donate to the Military Assistance Mission.

PNC’s Grow up Great program prepares young kids for long-term success