PNC Foundation Donates $19,800 for CCPS Parents as Teachers Program
Release Date: 1/26/2011 2:24:46 PM
The Carroll County Public Schools Education Foundation has received a $19,800 grant from the PNC Foundation to support the Carroll County Judy Center’s “Parents as Teachers” (PAT) program, which builds family resiliency and enhances school readiness. PAT is a nationally recognized, research-based parent education and support program for families with young children that addresses the seven developmental areas of learning and empowers families with knowledge and resources to embrace being their child’s first teacher. The initiative was funded by a grant from the PNC Foundation in support of PNC Grow Up Great, a $100 million, 10-year initiative in school readiness to help prepare children from birth to age five for success in school and life.
Initially implemented by the Carroll County Judy Center in June 2005, the PAT program has proved to be effective in increasing the number of children who are fully ready for kindergarten as measured by the Maryland Model for School Readiness. The program uses components to strengthen families and to promote positive parent-child interactions so that children are healthy, safe and ready to learn.
“With the generous support of PNC, we can continue to enhance the Parents as Teachers program, provide training and recertification for additional teachers ,and ultimately serve more young children in Carroll County,” said Stephen Guthrie, Superintendent of Carroll County Public Schools.
“PNC is committed to supporting initiatives that have a measurable and significant impact in providing children with the tools and knowledge to be successful in kindergarten and in life,” said Lisa Watkins, PNC Vice President, Sales and Service Support Manager.
The PAT program is offered free to parents within Carroll County that have a child prenatal to kindergarten entry. At-risk children and families are given priority for enrollment into the program.
The Judith P. Hoyer Early Child Care and Education Center, or the Carroll County Judy Center at Robert Moton, is a state-funded program that supports school readiness by providing services for young children, birth through five years of age, and their families. To help children succeed, seven developmental areas of learning that include social and emotional development, physical development, language and literacy, mathematical thinking, scientific thinking, social studies, and the arts are nurtured to increase skill levels.
Founded by the PNC Financial Services Group, Grow Up Great is a comprehensive corporate-based school readiness program that provides leadership, advocacy, resources and volunteers to assist parents, caregivers and communities in their efforts to increase the potential for young children to succeed.