IPTV’s commitment to early childhood education continues with the expansion of our Ready for School initiative. Educational specialists work with educators, parents, and community partners in several Iowa communities to implement activities for children ages 2–8 years old.
Ready for School focuses on giving children opportunities to succeed, and provide access to high-quality educational media resources including online games, instructional materials and educational activities that help children increase their school readiness and success. The content and related activities are based upon the work of educational children’s programming from PBS programs, such as Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, Odd Squad, Martha Speaks, and Peg + Cat.
This initiative has been validated by research funded through the U.S. Department of Education. Ready for School started in the fall of 2013 and has been present in over 100 Iowa communities.
Some of the activities that have been implemented through Ready for School can also be implemented statewide. See examples below.

Ready for School communities 2013-2020

Library story time guest visit with PBS stories--Would you like someone to come to read stories about a PBS character/show, along with activities that relate to the show/theme? Although we do not have costumes on hand, we do typically rent at least one each year, so some events may include a chaacter.
Ozobot event--Would you be interested in an event where we bring Ozobots for 1-2 hours? These are electronic robots that can be programmed simply with markers or an iPad.
Ramps & Pathways workshop--Would you be interested in an event where we bring a classroom set of wooden block and ramps to build for 1-2 hours?
Water Moves event--Would you be interested in an event where we bring a large group (25-30 school aged students) water game for around 2 hours? This is typically done during warmer months.
Makerspace workshop--Would you be interested in an event where we bring makerspace supplies to build for 1-2 hours? Makerspaces provide hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they deeply engage in science, engineering and tinkering. Here's some examples of what we might encourage the kids to build.
Mini assembly--Would you be interested in an activity that we bring for a group of kids? We can brainstorm what you might like from us.
Professional Development--Would you be interested in FREE training that is cutomized to fit your needs?