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CDM Receives $40,000 Grant from PNC Foundation for its Museum in Motion Outreach Program

Posted on September 30, 2019 at 11:37 AM by Wendy Long

Children’s Discovery Museum Receives

$40,000 Grant from PNC Foundation for its Museum in Motion Outreach Program

Normal, IL, Sept. 30, 2019 – The Children’s Discovery Museum (CDM) has been awarded a $40,000 grant from the PNC Foundation as part of its Grow Up Great® initiative.

The grant supports the partnership formed by CDM, Heartland Head Start, Unit 5 School District's Early Learning Program, and Bloomington Day Care Center offering interactive hands-on learning experiences that inspire the love of learning through the power of play. This relationship allows the opportunity to teach approximately 650 preschool-aged students in a fun and engaging way while exposing them to science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics-(STEAM) related topics, which are increasingly important in preparing them for their future. 

“Research shows that children who participate in high-quality preschool programs are more likely to be successful in school and contribute to society later in life,” says Jenna Cicciarelli Wiesner, PNC vice president and director of client and community relations for Central Illinois. “The Museum in Motion outreach program is a good fit for a Grow Up Great grant because it increases children’s access to high-quality STEAM programming at a young age.”

The main component of this initiative is the Museum in Motion outreach program that takes place in each classroom twice per school year and exposes children to STEAM activities through a specific theme. To continue the learning, teachers are provided with professional development resource kits and supplemental activity kits to go home with each child.

Another component of this program is field trips that children, teachers, and chaperones take to the museum to further enhance hands-on learning through play-based exhibits. Families are also incorporated into the programming through two components: family night events at the centers that take place twice per school year where families get to engage in hands-on activities, and a private Family Night at the museum where the children and their families learn together by exploring the museum exhibits.

“We are very grateful that the PNC Foundation has chosen to continue its funding of our partnership with Heartland Head Start, Unit 5 Early Learning program and Bloomington Day Care Center on our Grow up Great through the Power of Play project. The children and teachers truly value this program and t are always eager and excited for our visits to their classrooms!  This project encompasses a lot of components and we are truly thankful to the folks at PNC for their generous support,” said Early Childhood Educator Erin Wiese-Reichert.


About the PNC Foundation

The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group (, actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture. Through Grow Up Great, its signature cause that began in 2004, PNC has created a bilingual $500 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life.

About the Children’s Discovery Museum

The mission of the Children’s Discovery Museum is to inspire the love of learning through the power of play. The vision is to build confidence and foster creativity in today’s youth; enhance critical thinking, communication and collaboration in tomorrow’s workforce; and inspire a more innovative approach for educating future generations.

The mission and vision are accomplished by providing hands-on exhibits, classes and programs that actively engage the visitor in experiences that stimulate imagination, curiosity and wonder.

The Children’s Discovery Museum Foundation exists to support the mission and vision of the Children’s Discovery Museum through raising funds and awareness in the community at large.

To learn more about the Children’s Discovery Museum visit,,or follow @DiscoveryMuseum on Twitter.