By Dale Klose
PNC Bank Regional President for Kansas City
Just a year after expanding our presence in the Kansas City region, PNC is taking its Main Street focus to connecting with local communities a step further by supporting the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s Pre-KC initiative. With support from the PNC Foundation, “Sesame Sessions” are provided for community members and focus on important aspects and issues in the life of pre-K children.
These sessions cover a wide range of topics, with upcoming programs focusing on Exploring Emotions (April 12); Learning Through Play (May 10) and ABCs and 123s (June 7). Each session provides a fun, interactive way for our friends in the community to come together and gain a better understanding of the foundation that our future leaders need to succeed in school and in everyday life.
The PNC Grow Up Great® initiative was launched in 2004 in recognition of the need to support early education programs in underserved neighborhoods and the value they provide for our youngest learners. The program focuses on the first five years of life, which research has shown is critical to long term achievement, and provides innovative opportunities that assist families, educators and community partners in strengthening children’s learning and development.
It may seem unusual for a financial institution to make such a substantial, long-term commitment to early education. When you consider, though, that an investment in pre-K students plants the seeds for the dynamic workforce of tomorrow it makes good business sense. Extensive research indicates that children who participate in high quality preschool programs are far more likely to experience greater educational achievements, strive toward higher vocational aspirations and contribute to society later in life.
Supporting the great work of Pre-KC and helping to deliver the series of “Sesame Sessions” for the community provides access to some of the tools and resources to help prepare Kansas City’s leaders of tomorrow with a foundation for success. And, at the end of the day, we simply believe it is the right thing to do for Main Street and your street.