Cary, NC—Lucy Daniels Center, the largest non-profit provider of mental health services for children in the Triangle, is expanding its early childhood outreach program, Lucy’s Book Club, through grants provided by Caterpillar, PNC, and Target Corp.  The grants will allow the organization to provide educational and developmental programming to 10 early childhood centers in the Triangle. 

Created in 2009, Lucy’s Book Club (LBC) supports young children’s healthy social and emotional growth by encouraging parents and caregivers to read to them literature that explores important developmental topics, such as understanding peer relationships and dealing with negative emotions, in a reassuring and age-appropriate manner. Center experts in early childhood development and mental health, in conjunction with Wake County Public Libraries staff, will recommend one such book per month through the 2012-13 school year.

With the funding from these grants, LBC will broaden outreach efforts to traditionally underserved families by partnering with child care centers in Wake and Johnston counties that have high volumes of students receiving child care subsidy. The program will also provide these centers with enrichment materials for children and parents, guest readers and teacher workshops. 

“A child's ability to communicate, develop relationships, resolve conflicts, and cope with the challenges of everyday life takes time, practice, and patience,” said Jennifer Reid, a teacher and associate director of education at Lucy Daniels Center and a member of the LBC selection panel. “Reading together is one way to explore such topics with young children.”

“PNC is dedicated to supporting early childhood education in order to help prepare children to succeed in school and in life,” said Paula Fryland, PNC regional president of Eastern Carolinas.  “Our grant provides the Lucy Daniels Center with the resources to… expand the reach of [Lucy’s Book Club] to more young children in our region.”

LBC materials are also available for parents, caregivers and other early childhood educators to download for free at www.lucysbookclub.org. The fourth annual Bookmarked! festival, slated for May 4, 2013, will feature a family fun concert, children’s book readings by local celebrities, and fun for the whole family.

Lucy Daniels Center, founded in 1989, is the area’s largest and most comprehensive non-profit provider of mental health services for children. It serves nearly 650 Triangle-area families annually through a range of therapeutic and early childhood programs.

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ABOUT LUCY DANIELS CENTER:

With more than 20 years of excellence in service to local families, Lucy Daniels Center is a nationally recognized model for childhood mental health and early childhood education. The Center is the largest and most comprehensive non-profit focused on providing mental health services to young children and their families in the Triangle and is conveniently located at 9003 Weston Parkway, Cary, NC 27513. For more information, visit www.lucydanielscenter.org.                

ABOUT THE PNC FOUNDATION:

The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group (NYSE: PNC), 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 $350 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life. 

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