Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) announced that Iowa Public Television has been awarded up to $93,800 from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and PBS. The funding was awarded through the community implementation phase of CPB's new Ready To Learn initiative. Beginning this fall, twelve public television stations nationwide, including Iowa Public Television in Johnston, will implement new interactive content and educational games aimed at improving the math and literacy skills of low-income children in their communities.
Harkin is Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that funds public broadcasting and education initiatives.
"It only makes sense that Iowa Public Television be part of this innovative pilot project – this station has been at the forefront of finding new ways to provide educational broadcasting to Iowa’s kids,” said Harkin. "I congratulate the station on this award and I look forward to the difference it will make in the lives of every child who participates.”
"As Iowa’s largest classroom, we know the importance of using all available technologies to help children learn," said Daniel K. Miller, executive director and general manager of Iowa Public Television. “This funding will help us expand the ways we help Iowa’s youngest residents learn math and literacy skills, opening doors to new technologies previously out of reach."
Iowa Public Television will receive up to $93,800 to:
- Partner with the State Library of Iowa and Iowa Department of Education to provide greater education opportunities for children, parents and educators from low-income communities;
- Implement early learning resources and training with children, families and educators in Storm Lake and Waterloo, Iowa; and
- Collaborate with the Iowa Afterschool Alliance to disseminate transmedia content and best practices to afterschool providers statewide.
Funding for these efforts comes from the Ready To Learn program, a partnership between the U.S. Department of Education, CPB, PBS, and local public television stations.
Press Release from Senator Tom Harkin