Children’s Village, Lutheran Social Services of Indiana’s early-learning center in Fort Wayne, has received a $5,000 grant from the PNC Foundation’s Grow Up Great Initiative.
Children’s Village is a state-licensed facility providing a wide range of educational, social, and recreational activities for children from 6 weeks to 6 years of age. The center uses the HighScope Curriculum as it prepares students for kindergarten and beyond. Scholarships are available, making tuition affordable for qualifying low-income families.
Founded by The PNC Financial Services Group, PNC Grow Up Great and PNC Crezca con Éxito form a bilingual, $350 million, multiyear initiative that began in 2004 to help prepare children —particularly underserved children—from birth to age 5 for success in school and life. Through Grow Up Great, PNC emphasizes the importance of the first five years of life, which research has shown is critical to long-term achievement. To date, the program has served 1.5 million children.
“This generous grant from PNC will help us pursue our mission to prepare young people to be lifelong learners,” says Children’s Village Director Kathy Lehman. “Our students are at an age when establishing an appreciation for education—a thirst for knowledge—is so very crucial.”