At-risk preschoolers in District 205 will get hands-on learning opportunities thanks to a $30,000, three-year grant given to the Discovery Center Museum by the PNC Foundation.
Children in District 205's Early Childhood Program will participate in science, math, and arts activities both in the classroom and at the museum. Teachers will also participate in workshops to help them incorporate hands-on activities in their classrooms.
"The Rockford Early Childhood Program is very excited to partner with the Discovery Center," Early Childhood at RPSD Executive Director Kim Nelson said. "Without this PNC grant, our program would be unable to provide field trips to this fantastic facility. Our teachers are looking forward to bringing their students to the Discovery Center for a fun day of hands-on learning."
The program currently serves 2,600 children between the ages of three and five in 80 classes in facilities around the city. An additional 200 children from birth to age three are served in a home visiting program. About 94 percent of the children enrolled are at-risk for academic failure, 86 percent live in families at or below the poverty level, and 20 percent are eligible for special education services.
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