FRC Receives Grant for Innovative Program to Help Abused Children

The PNC Foundation has awarded a grant of $15,000 to Family Resource Center (FRC) for implementation of the HighScope Preschool Curriculum in its Therapeutic Day Treatment Program.

The HighScope Curriculum is a comprehensive research-based system in which teachers and children are active partners in the learning process.  This approach, called “intentional learning,” includes techniques for encouraging learning as well as strategies for helping children resolve conflict.  A recent study (the HighScope Perry Preschool Study) shows that adults who, as children, received the HighScope learning approach, are 50% more likely to hold a job, have higher earnings, avoid crime, and graduate from high school than adults who don’t participate.

“Our children who have been abused and neglected have a high probability for problems in their adult years,” said Aaron Daugherty, Program Manager of the Therapeutic Day Treatment Program. We are impressed with the results HighScope achieves, and we think the curriculum will do wonders to support the social-emotional development of our children, as well as their academic success.”

Family Resource Center, located on south Kingshighway, is a private, non-profit agency whose mission is to prevent and treat all forms of child abuse and neglect through family-centered therapeutic, educational, and support services. The agency works with 10,000 children and family members each year.

FRC’s Therapeutic Preschool/Day Treatment Program has been in operation for 36 years and provides high-quality therapeutic and academic services to 3-5 year old children who have been abused or neglected and who could not succeed in school or society without professional intervention.  FRC’s program is 1 of only 2 such therapeutic intervention and school readiness programs in the St. Louis area.

PNC is a highly diversified financial services organization spanning the retail, business and corporate markets.