The PNC Foundation supports a variety of nonprofit organizations with a special emphasis on those that work to achieve sustainability and touch a diverse population, in particular, those that support early childhood education and/or economic development.
The PNC Foundation this week announced a new $5 million alliance with DonorsChoose.org, enabling the online charity to include requests from Head Start teachers across the nation. A recent study conducted by the National Head Start Association showed that 94 percent of teachers need more resources to enrich the classroom, but 84 percent are unable to fund experiences they want to provide.
As part of this initiative, a donation of $504,000 funded 849 project requests in public and charter school pre-K classrooms in 22 states and Washington, D.C., where PNC conducts business. PNC also is matching, dollar for dollar, donations that support the pre-K public, charter, and Head Start projects listed on DonorsChoose.org in the PNC footprint.
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior: Increasing Physical Activity in Preschool: A Pilot Study to Evaluate Animal Trackers
This report describes a pilot study to evaluate Animal Trackers (AT), a preschool program designed to (1) increase structured physical activity (PA) during the preschool day; (2) increase practice of gross motor skills; (3) provide teachers with an easy-to-use PA programr egardless of teacher experience; and (4) implement a teacher walking intervention.
The President's budget request expands access to high-quality early learning while investing in innovation and evaluation to promote the implementation of evidence-based practices for our youngest learners and improve educational outcomes in the early grades.
- Supports voluntary, universal preschool. The mandatory Preschool for All initiative would invest $75 billion over 10 years in a federal-state partnership aimed at providing all 4-year-olds from low- and moderate-income families with access to high-quality preschool, while encouraging states to expand those programs to reach additional children from middle-class families and establish full-day kindergarten policies.
- Builds on the success of the Preschool Development Grants program to help jumpstart Preschool for All. Consistent with the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act, the budget provides $350 million for Preschool Development Grants in the Department of Health and Human Services request to support the fourth and final year of funding for the 18 current grantees as well as new activities intended to better coordinate and expand early learning services for children and families.
- Supports special education services to children ages 3 through 5. The request provides an increase of $35 million over the fiscal year 2016 level for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B, Section 619 Preschool Grants, as well as additional flexibility for schools and districts to provide coordinated early intervention services for preschool-age children.
- Provides additional funds for early intervention services for infants and toddlers. The request for IDEA Part C Grants for Infants and Families is an increase of $45 million over the 2016 level and would allow the Department to reserve $15 million to make new competitive grants to public-private partnerships to support community-based model demonstration projects that increase screening and delivery of evidence-based services.
Dear Healthy Start Colleagues, Teachers and Friends:
Thanks to all of our hard work and efforts, as 2015 comes to a close, Universal Preschool Education is becoming a reality. Part of this education is to insure the physical and emotional wellness of our pre-school children.
Make 2016 a Healthy Start year for your students!
For each order of Healthy Start and/or Animal Trackers, receive Healthy Hops, a pre-school nutrition and exercise program, a $59.95 value, free as part of our 2016 Preschool Education promotion.
Our happy, healthy wishes to all!
Chris Williams MD, Carolyn Lucca-Black, BJ Carter, Richard Leigh, Joan Beer and Charles Potter