Funding Earmarked for Early Childhood Education Programs
Duquesne University has received a $650,000 grant from The PNC Financial Services Group through The PNC Foundation. The funds will be used by to enhance Duquesne’s early childhood education programs, advancing the goals of PNC Grow Up Great, the company’s 10-year, $100 million investment in school readiness for children from birth to age five.
“This generous commitment celebrates the long-standing partnership between Duquesne University and PNC,” said Duquesne President Charles J. Dougherty. “We are thankful for the Foundation’s support and pleased to join the company and its employees in their efforts emphasizing the importance of school readiness to a child’s future through PNC Grow Up Great.”
The grant will be used to enhance and expand early childhood initiatives in Duquesne’s School of Education, which includes extensive field-based coursework at local school districts, child development facilities and Head Start centers as part of its comprehensive undergraduate and graduate degree programs in early childhood education. PNC’s funding will also support the speech-language pathology department in Duquesne’s John G. Rangos, Sr. School of Health Sciences, which operates a clinic in which faculty and students diagnose and treat young children with communication disorders.
“Duquesne’s early childhood education programs have a reputation for excellence,” said Joseph C. Guyaux, president, The PNC Financial Services Group. “Our gift will allow the university to build upon its proven practices and enhance the quality of learning for children in this community and beyond.”
The PNC Foundation grant combined with PNC sponsorships, contributions from individual PNC employees and matching gifts made by the Foundation will total more than $800,000 of current support for Duquesne University.
In recognition of the grant and its long-standing relationship with PNC, Duquesne will be naming the entrance of its Student Union the “PNC Atrium.”
PNC Grow Up Great
PNC Grow Up Great is the PNC Financial Services Group’s $100 million, 10-year investment in school readiness. As the largest initiative of its kind in the country, PNC Grow Up Great and its Spanish-language version, PNC Crezca con Exito, help families prepare their children for school and life. Supported by renowned education experts Sesame Workshop and Family Communications, Inc., the producers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the effort focuses on the early education of the whole child from birth to five, including their cognitive, social and emotional abilities. For more information visit www.pnc.com.
The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. is one of the nation’s largest diversified financial services organizations providing consumer and business banking; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management; asset management and global fund services.