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Iowa Public Television's Ready for School Learning Centers

posted on July 21, 2014

Iowa Public Television's Ready for School Learning Centers

You can turn anytime into learning time for a child, even those few minutes when you are on the go or waiting for an appointment.  That’s the idea behind IPTV’s Ready for School Learning Centers, which are often located in the waiting area of a health facility.

Learning Centers consist of a book cart or shelf of age-appropriate children's materials such as books, activity books, toys, puzzles and more. They can include a television which allows children and parents the opportunity to experience high quality children's programming aired by Iowa Public Television. IPTV Ready for School Learning Centers provide resources which encourage families to spend time together reading books, watching quality children's programs, and learning about additional ways to have fun together while waiting for their appointment.

Ready for School Learning Centers are part of IPTV's Ready for School Initiative. This initiative uses a comprehensive approach to community engagement in 25 new communities in Iowa per year to surround children, parents, care providers, and educators with literacy-based content, online games, instructional materials, and educational activities to help children increase their school readiness and success. Through this initiative, Iowa Public Television will partner with communities to add an additional 50 learning centers each year.

This work builds from a proven track record of success in the pilot testing of these methods and resources in several Iowa communities that Iowa Public Television has led since 2008 and is now scaling statewide through Ready for School.

IPTV Learning Center Locations:

  • Belmond , Allen Home Center
  • Belmond, Iowa Specialty Hospital
  • Burlington, Des Moines County DHS
  • Burlington, YMCA
  • Carroll, St. Anthony Family Care Physicians
  • Cedar Rapids, Cedar Rapids Pediatrics
  • Cedar Rapids, Linn Community Care
  • Centerville, River Hills Community Health Center, Inc. (Appanoose County Clinic)
  • Chariton, Lucas County Health Center Medical Clinic
  • Chariton, Lucas County Public Health
  • Clarinda, Growing Strong Families
  • Clarinda, Southwest Iowa Families
  • Clarksville, Peoples Clinic Butler County
  • Clinton, Medical Associates
  • Clinton, YMCA
  • Columbus Junction, Colonel’s Kids’ Child-Care Center, KFC Preschool
  • Columbus Junction, Community Health Centers of Southeastern Iowa
  • Columbus Junction, Great Beginnings Preschool
  • Crawford County Hospital
  • Davenport, Community Health Care, Inc.
  • Davenport, Genesis Family Medical Center
  • Davenport, Scott County Family Y
  • Davenport, Scott County Family Y – West Branch
  • Davenport, Stepping Stones Program
  • Davenport, The Salvation Army Family Center
  • Denison, Broadway Dental
  • Denison, City Center Clinic
  • Denison, Crawford County Home Health, Hospice, and Public Health
  • Denison, Crawford County Memorial Hospital
  • Denison, IDPH Family Planning Clinic
  • Denison, Job Corps
  • Denison, WIC Program
  • Des Moines, Aspen Dental
  • Des Moines, Des Moines Health Center
  • Des Moines, Iowa Lutheran Family Medicine Residency Program
  • Des Moines, Mercy Central Pediatric Clinic
  • Des Moines, Mercy South Urgent Care Clinic
  • Des Moines, Polk County Health Department
  • Des Moines, Primary Health Care, Inc. (Bery Engebretsen Clinic)
  • Des Moines, Primary Health Care, Inc. (East Side Center)
  • Dubuque, Crescent Community Health Center
  • Eagle Grove, Eagle Pharmacy
  • Eagle Grove, Unity Point Clinic
  • Fort Dodge, Community Health Center of Fort Dodge
  • Fort Dodge, Unity Point Urgent Care
  • Fort Dodge, Webster County Health Department, WIC Program
  • Hampton, Franklin Medical Center
  • Hampton, La Luz Hispana
  • Harlan, West Central Community Action, WIC
  • Hawarden, Family 1st Dental
  • Hawarden, Regional Healthcare Center
  • Hawarden, WIC Program
  • Iowa City, University of Iowa Children’s Hospital-General Pediatrics
  • Keokuk, Hoerner YMCA
  • Keokuk, Torrence Pre-Kindergarten
  • Keokuk, Tri-State Medical Group
  • Keosauqua, Van Buren County Hospital
  • Knoxville, Knoxville Hospital & Clinics
  • Leon, Community Health Centers of Southern Iowa
  • Leon, Decatur County Hospital
  • Leon, Medical Center
  • Leon, WIC Program
  • Logan, Alegent Health Clinic
  • Marshalltown, Primary Health Care, Inc. (Marshalltown Clinic)
  • Marshalltown, Reach Out and Read Marshall County (McFarland Pediatrics Clinic)
  • Marshalltown, WIC Marshalltown
  • Mason City, Children’s Dental Clinic of Mason City
  • Mason City, Mercy Pediatric and Adolescent Clinic
  • Mason City, North Iowa Community Action Organization
  • Muscatine, Gentle Family Dentists
  • Muscatine, Mercy Family Medicine of Muscatine
  • Muscatine, Muscatine Center for Social Action (MCSA)
  • Muscatine, Trinity Muscatine Public Health
  • Muscatine, UI Healthcare
  • Oelwein, Child Health Specialty Clinic
  • Oelwein, Peladja’s Therapy and Counseling Services
  • Osceola, Clarke County Public Health
  • Osceola, IDPH of Clarke Co.
  • Osceola, Iowa Health Physicians
  • Osceola, Unity Point Clinic  
  • Osceola, WIC in Clarke County
  • Ottumwa, Community School District, Preschool
  • Ottumwa, River Hills Community Health Center, Inc. (main clinic)
  • Ottumwa, River Hills Community Health Center, Inc. (pediatric clinic)
  • Ottumwa, Sieda Community Action
  • Perry, Dallas County Family Development Center
  • Perry, Mercy Family Care
  • Red Oak, Free Medical Clinic
  • Red Oak, IDPH of Montgomery Co.
  • Red Oak, Montgomery County Public Health
  • Remsen, Mid-Sioux Opportunity
  • Richland, River Hills Community Health Center, Inc. (Keokuk County Clinic)
  • Riverside, UI Healthcare River Crossing
  • Schaller, Schaller Crestland Elementary
  • Shenandoah, Hispanic Center
  • Shenandoah, IDPH of Page Co.
  • Shenandoah, ISU Extension/Growing Strong Families
  • Shenandoah, Page County Public Health
  • Shenandoah, Shenandoah Hispanic Center
  • Shenandoah, Southwest Iowa Families
  • Shenandoah, WIC Program
  • Sigourney, UI Healthcare
  • Sioux Center, Promise Community Health Center
  • Sioux Center, Sioux Center Community Hospital and Medical Clinic (clinic)
  • Sioux City, Sioux Land Medical Center
  • Storm Lake, Buena Vista County Public Health
  • Storm Lake, Dr. Lisa Lindeman’s Dental office
  • Storm Lake, The Bridge of Storm Lake (Seneca Center)
  • Storm Lake, The Bridge of Storm Lake (St. John’s Lutheran Church)
  • Storm Lake, United Community Health Center
  • Waterloo, Northeast Iowa Family Practice Center
  • Waterloo, Peoples Community Health Clinic
  • West Burlington, Community Health Centers of Southeastern Iowa, Inc.
  • West Liberty, Gentle Family Dentists
  • West Liberty, Mercy Family Medicine of West Liberty
  • West Liberty, Mercy Services of West Library
  • Woodbine, Alegent Health Clinic


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