May 12--NORMAL -- The Children's Discovery Museum has been awarded a two-year, $80,000 grant from the PNC Foundation to benefit early childhood education in the community.
"We are grateful for PNC's generous support that allows us to make such a positive impact in our community," said museum manager Sheila Riley.
The funding will enable CDM to continue and adapt the services and resources it provides through the Grow Up Great through the Power of Play Program, an initiative that supplements the traditional educational experience for more than 1,000 preschoolers from low-income families in Central Illinois.
According to Erin Wiese-Reichert, early childhood educator at CDM, "The $40,000 that we receive in 2014 and 2015 will allow us to continue our current partnership with Heartland Head Start and to expand the program to early childhood classrooms in Unit 5, Bloomington Day Care Center, and Kids Club East Center."
The program is a partnership between CDM and Heartland Head Start. Components include classroom instruction, professional development, field trips, and Museum in Motion outreach.
This is the second time CDM has received a grant from the PNC Foundation. In 2011, the museum was awarded a three-year, $120,000 grant with funding split between My Great Backyard, an early childhood exhibit scheduled to open in November, and programming for Grow Up Great through the Power of Play.
In a press releae, the PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, said it supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence.
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