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Helping Kids Grow

A $9,600 grant could help more than 80 preschoolers and their families. PNC Bank awarded the grant to Stafford Junction. The nonprofit will use the money to expand its Helping Us Grow Strong program.

That program offers early education for children ages 2 to 5 and also offers classes for caregivers on parenting, English, job-seeking and healthy living.

The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, provided the initial funding in 2008 to implement the HUGS program and gave more money in 2010 to expand the program.