Santa Maria Community Services, Inc. announced it will provide much needed school supplies for preschoolers, including Amazon Fire tablets, made possible by a $25,000 grant from the PNC Foundation.
In addition to the Amazon Fire tablets for new students, preschoolers will also receive PNC Grow Up Great® educational materials, school clothing, books, bookshelves and laundry soap. PNC Grow Up Great® is a bilingual $500 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life.
“We are pleased to receive another generous grant from the PNC Foundation,” said H.A. Musser, president and CEO of Santa Maria Community Services. “The results we’ve seen with PNC Grow Up Great have been phenomenal and we look forward to continuing our success with this funding.”
The PNC Foundation grant also will provide funding for the ReadyRosie app and training for staff. ReadyRosie is a research-based parenting curriculum that builds on parents’ knowledge. It harnesses the power of video and mobile technology to empower families and schools to work together to promote school readiness.
“PNC knows birth to age 5 is a critical time in a child’s development,” said Warren Weber, PNC regional president for Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. “Supporting Santa Maria Community Services offers children and caregivers an invaluable opportunity, to use educational materials and resources to help them succeed in school and in life.”
About PNC Foundation
The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group (www.pnc.com), actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture. Through Grow Up Great, its signature cause that began in 2004, PNC has created a bilingual $500 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life. For more information, visit http://www.pncgrowupgreat.com.
About Santa Maria Community Services, Inc.
Santa Maria Community Services, Inc. is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization originally founded by the Sisters of Charity in 1897 and place-based in Cincinnati Ohio’s Price Hill community. Santa Maria provides more than 2,500 individuals with educational tools and resources to build strong families, promote healthy residents, and foster neighborhood revitalization. Our Price Hill Family Centers provide a welcoming environment and the coaching, support, and flexibility to assist families to achieve their identified goals toward stabilization and self-sufficiency. Our mission is to be a catalyst and advocate for Greater Price Hill families to attain their educational, financial, and health goals. Our vision is for Greater Price Hill to be a vibrant, thriving, and self-sustaining community. Learn more at SantaMaria-Cincy.org.