TAMPA, Fla. – (Jan. 28, 2016) – Champions for Children, a nationally accredited nonprofit agency whose mission is to build stronger families in the Tampa Bay region, has received a $25,000 grant from the PNC Foundation to support the Champions for Children’s Family Learning Center.
“We are so grateful to the PNC Foundation for their support of this program and other Champions for Children services,” says Brian McEwen. “Educating families in more effective ways to raise their children has a great impact on each child’s development and ultimately strengthens our entire community. PNC Foundation has been a great partner in helping us reach families to achieve our mission.”
The Family Learning Center at Champions for Children serves parents and their children through child care services and family engagement, education and child development services. Grant funds will support early childhood development and family strengthening programs specifically for the families of women participating in substance abuse treatment programs of the Drug Abuse Comprehensive Coordinating Office (DACCO), one of Florida’s largest community-based providers of behavioral health services. It is expected that the grant will serve more than 200 mothers and their children.
Champions for Children’s Family Learning Center services are constructed on the foundation that the first five years of a child’s life offer the greatest opportunity to shape the child’s future, by taking advantage of the rapid brain development that occurs during these first few years. Program services include Nurturing Parenting, Parents as Teachers, New Moms Network and Rainbow Developmental Playgroups.
These programs provide research-based and evidence-based programming that focus on improving birth outcomes for pregnant women, supporting healthy social-emotional development in infants and children, building parental self-confidence, educating and supporting parents to form nurturing relationships with their children, ensuring children are developmentally on-track and ready to learn and, ultimately improving the well-being of children and families.
“This project is a particularly good fit for the PNC Foundation’s “Grow Up Great” initiative, which helps prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life,” says Dianne Jacob, senior vice president and director of client and community relations at PNC Bank.
“We’re pleased to support Champions for Children with such an important program.”
About Champions for Children:
Champions for Children (www.cfctb.org), formerly the Child Abuse Council, is a nationally accredited nonprofit agency whose mission is to build stronger families in the Tampa Bay region through child abuse prevention and family education. Established in 1977 as an outgrowth of a social service project of The Junior League of Tampa, Champions for Children has grown to be a valuable resource for the community. With 10 different programs that span neighborhoods throughout Hillsborough and other counties, CFC provided services to more than 40,000 children and families in 2014 alone.
About the PNC Foundation:
The PNC Foundation‘s priority is to form partnerships with community-based nonprofit organizations within the markets PNC serves in order to enhance educational opportunities for children, particularly underserved pre-K children through our signature, PNC Grow Up Great program, and to promote the growth of targeted communities through economic development initiatives. To build on this commitment, PNC developed PNC Grow Up Great, a $350 million, multi-year, bilingual initiative that began in 2004 to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life.
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