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Science City receives $1 million grant benefiting early education programs

Posted at 4:46 PM, Apr 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-04 17:46:36-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — At Science City in Union Station, it's all about early childhood education. 

Wednesday, the PNC Foundation announced a five-year, $1 million grant to Union Station's Science City.

"It's so exciting, you know, Science City has been on such an upward trajectory in STEM education. Today really is the icing on the cake," said George Guastello, President and CEO of Union Station. 

The grant will support science education benefiting approximately 14,000 children in the community, with a focus on Head Start preschool students. 

The funding, made possible through the PNC Foundation is part of its signature philanthropic early education initiative, PNC Grow Up Great.

"If we can provide the resources and the ability for them to do that, we think that it gives them an advantage," said Dale Klose, Regional President for PNC Bank Kansas City. 

The funding will help pay for science programming, professional development for pre-kindergarten teachers, and provide free books and resources to parents so children can continue their learning at home. It will also support the establishment of a multipurpose classroom space. 

"This PNC will also add a new classroom which will bring us up to close to 17,000 square feet dedicated to early learning," said Guastello. 

The grant is PNC's largest to date in Kansas City.