Iowa Public Television’s commitment to early childhood education continues with the expansion of its Ready for School initiative. Educational specialists will work with educators, parents, care providers and community partners in several Iowa school communities to implement early learning activities for children ages 2–8 years old.

“Iowa Public Television uses the power of technology and media to spark children’s curiosity and excite them about learning,” said Ken Harrison, director of Educational Services at IPTV. “Our Ready for School initiative is designed to enhance many of those skills for young children. This year, we will further our efforts to serve families across Iowa with trusted educational content.” 

IPTV Education’s sixth year of Ready for School will focus on giving children equal opportunity 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 multimedia 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.

Our program builds from the successful pilot testing of these methods and resources in Storm Lake, Perry and Waterloo that IPTV began in 2008. 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 we have been present in over 100 Iowa communities.