Grounds For Sculpture (GFS) today announced it has been awarded a Grow Up Great Early Education grant. This grant supports GFS’ continued work with the Millhill Child & Family Development (MCFD), based in nearby Trenton, NJ. GFS museum educators will lead early childhood education workshops at Millhill Child & Family Development. These workshops at Millhill Child & Family Development will be monthly, rotating through classrooms, and exploring artmaking. The workshops will culminate in a showcase of the young artists’ works at year-end in an exhibition at Grounds For Sculpture.

“Grounds For Sculpture and Millhill Child & Family Development are excited and energized to work together more deeply in supporting families and the young children of our local community in Trenton,” said Julio Badel, Grounds For Sculpture Director of Education & Community Engagement, and Jigna Rao, Director of Operations at Millhill Child & Family Development, in a joint statement. “This school year, GFS will be piloting its first offsite teaching opportunities with Millhill’s early childhood education programs using artmaking to build foundational skills for the children’s cognitive and physical development and collaborating in new ways for both organizations. This is a pivotal and important step in joining our resources to engage the families and greater community of Trenton.”

As a part of this partnership, Grounds For Sculpture will build on its relationship with MCFD. Grounds For Sculpture and Millhill’s missions parallel each other, as both organizations are committed to providing culturally sensitive educational opportunities within their local communities. Through artmaking, the young learners will engage in hands-on activities that will help move them forward in their education.

The PNC Grow Up Great® program champions early childhood education. Since 2004, it has provided tools and resources that help develop curious young minds. PNC Grow up Great is a $500 million initiative dedicated to serving children from birth to age five, particularly underserved children, by empowering and supporting their caregivers and teachers.