Grow Up Great Teams With Sesame Street and Area Museums for Early Education

New, free Chicago initiative to get children learning

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    Time and time again school officials say learning starts at home.

    In that vein, PNC bank has launched a new 10-year, $100 million early education initiative that helps parents get back learning with children.

    The "Grow Up Great" program employs the resources of Sesame Street,  area museums like the Adler Planetarium, Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry and the Shedd Aquarium and the Big Shoulders Fund schools to help stoke interest in science and math.

    "We've got to start with very early kids (and) have the building blocks," said Gary Knell, President and CEO, Sesame Workshop. "We are launching a new kit called Math is Everywhere which is with the Sesame Street Characters. (The idea) is to get parents to talk about math everywhere."

    The free math and science kits contain materials to assist in Chicago Public Schools classrooms as well as information for parents and children's video. They will be given out to Chicago preschoolers. They will also be available at PNC bank locations.   

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