PNC Center for Early Learning Receives Grant

PNC student Abigail Vittatoe with library summer camps students

PNC student Abigail Vittatoe works with youngsters participating in the Westville Library “Summer Sprouts Catch the Reading Bug!” literacy program.

The Purdue University North Central Center for Early Learning has received a $3,000 grant the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to support summer literacy.

The grant will help support the “Summer Sprouts Catch the Reading Bug!” literacy program offered by the Center for Early Learning with the Westville Library from June 11 through July 31.

“Summer Sprouts provides a brilliant opportunity for young children and their families to experience the wonders of the library,” said Dr. Mary Jane Eisenhauer, associate professor of Early Childhood Education. “I am thrilled to work with PNC students to kick-off the summer. Throughout the summer, families are encouraged to use every day experiences to strengthen children’s language and literacy skills,”

The “Summer Sprouts Catch the Reading Bug!” literacy program serves children ages birth to 6. Twenty-five children are enrolled and space is available for more. Summer Sprouts integrates the familiar theme of creatures in our natural environment with the essential components of a high-quality and effective program for new readers – informational text, access to library materials, meaningful interactions with resources and support for developing a repertoire of strategies for navigating print and book knowledge. The program aligns these factors with both high- and low-tech materials and resources.

In addition to story hours on July 9 and July 30, participants and their parents will have access to educational resources and technology at the Westville Library. Age-appropriate apps and e-books are available for use on iPads.

“At Dollar General, we are passionate about our mission of serving others throughout the communities we serve,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General chairman and CEO. “It’s exciting to see the Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s outreach in action as we partner with organizations to further education and literacy and make a real difference in people’s lives.”

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $92 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than five million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

Purdue North Central established the Center for Early Learning (CEL) in 2008 as a tangible response to the needs of Northwest and North Central Indiana. The CEL leads early learning experts and stakeholders in working to create comprehensive child development and family support services that reflect the diverse cultures, strengths and needs of Northwest Indiana families and those who work with children ages birth through third grade. The Center offers opportunities and tools such an early childhood curriculum materials resource library, increasing awareness of the importance of high quality early childhood education and creating enriching programs for children, families, care providers and teachers. It also affords an outlet for students to gain practical experience as they work toward their BS degrees in Early Childhood Education.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports initiatives help improve lives through literacy and education as part of the company’s mission of “Serving Others.” Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $92 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than five million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for 75 year with 11,000 stores in 40 states.