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CET, PNC Foundation partner to provide Math & Literacy Corners at Head Start

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Students in four local Head Start programs will soon have new ways to learn and experience math and literacy with the help of CET and The PNC Foundation.


CET, Greater Cincinnati’s PBS station, is currently setting up Math & Literacy Corners at the Kemper Heights and Assumption Head Start locations as well as within the John P. Parker and Pleasant Hill elementary school Head Start programs. Each corner will include an iPad and Kindle pre-loaded with educational games and apps from PBS Kids; kits of materials with age-appropriate activities and books as well as resources for parents and teachers; a PBS Kids rug; and two large bean bag chairs to encourage students, parents and teachers to spend time in the space.


The corners will officially open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and media event at the Kemper Heights Head Start location at 10:45am Wednesday, April 17. The Kemper Heights Head Start is located at 924 Waycross Road in Forest Park.


The staff at CET also worked with Head Start teachers and staff members on how to use the corners and how to incorporate the tools, especially the math elements, into the curriculum. This “Math is Everywhere” training shows classroom leaders how to use math principles in everyday situations and how to break down larger math concepts into more accessible pieces.


“Education is at the heart of our mission at CET, and young learners are one of our most important audiences. Beyond the children’s programming we offer every day, the opportunity to provide resources to educators, use technology for learning, and work with PNC and other community partners to give children a ‘head start’ toward success in school really supports our educational service goals,” said David Fogarty, CET’s president.


The PNC Foundation provided the grant to fund the math corners and the staff training as part of the organization’s Grow Up Great initiative.


“Research indicates that the return on investment of high-quality early education initiatives is long lasting – affecting child’s future societal contributions and contributing to the future health of the economy,” said Kay Geiger, regional president of PNC Bank, Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.  PNC Grow Up Great is a $350 million, multi-year, bilingual initiative that began in 2004 to help prepare children from birth to age five for success in school and life. To date, the program has served more than 1.5 million children.


“PNC awarded this grant to CET because it is well known in the community that CET is a leading provider of education and enrichment for students, parents and teachers in Greater Cincinnati. CET has proven that they have the capability and experience to deliver a high-quality program that will have a meaningful impact,” Geiger added.


This project also supports CET’s American Graduate program, which takes a cradle-to-career approach to helping students graduate high school. CET has been working with the Cincinnati Public School District and other community organizations to improve outcomes, including providing resources and training to implement reading corners, Martha Speaks Reading Buddies programs, Super Why! Reading Camps and more. American Graduate, a national public media initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, aims to help communities across America address the high school dropout crisis.


The Head Start center anticipates using the Math & Literacy Corners to provide an area for families and educators to interact with children through the use of technology, activities and books.


“Having this resource available will increase the opportunities for child engagement with materials that entice and support math and literacy skills. The corner will be a welcoming place for children and families during enrollment time and throughout the year,” Head Start Director Kathy Tirey said.


As a delegate of the Hamilton County Community Action Agency, the Hamilton County ESC Head Start Program provides early childhood education to low income children in fifteen school districts in the greater Cincinnati area. 


“Our Head Start Program engages families in a partnership to prepare their children to enter kindergarten ready to learn,” comments Tirey.  “We are looking forward to this new resource to help in key areas of language development and literacy.  On behalf of our families, thank you.”



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