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PNC Grow Up Great Grant Initiative

PNC – Grow Up Great Grant Initiative. Project WoW (World of Wonder)

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and the Orlando Science Center have been funded by PNC to deliver a collaborative education initiative titled Project WoW (World of Wonder) to engage low to moderate income preschool children in a new model for early childhood education that focuses on the integration of science and arts across existing curriculum. The initiative includes weekly hands-on-lesson plans for preschool students at education partner sites, in-depth year-long mentoring for teachers, and a family engagement component.

Project WoW will support improved learning outcomes in preschool students by mentoring preschool teachers and leading 50-minute long in-classroom lessons that encourage students to explore and interpret their world. Families will participate in informal activities, both on-site at the Science Center and Dr. Phillips Center, and off-site, with the final goal of promoting high quality educational engagement. In addition, take-home family learning activities will encourage parents to become stewards of their child’s education while helping young learners see themselves and their role models as lifelong learners.