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April 26, 2010

Iowa Public Television invites kids to play on PBS KIDS Island

Online destination for kids ages 2-5 helps increase reading readiness


(Johnston, Iowa)  -- As part of the network’s effort to help Iowa kids arrive at school ready to learn, Iowa Public Television is proud to partner with PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to present PBS KIDS Island.

            This interactive Web site, which can be found via Iowa Public Television’s Kids and Family site (www.iptv.org/kids), offers free reading games and activities for preschoolers, along with resources and literacy activities for parents and teachers. Geared toward emerging readers ages 2-5, this research-based site guides children through eight different literacy-building levels, including rhyming, letter identification, alliteration, phonics, letter sequencing, phonemic awareness, and reading/vocabulary.

            Parents and caregivers can create a free online account on the site, which then enables them to track their children’s reading progress. Teachers can also use the site and track the progress of each of their students.  

            Material for kids ages 6-8 will be added this year, broadening the educational reach and value of the site.

            This effort is part of a national initiative through the U.S. Department of Education, PBS, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting called “Ready to Learn.” In Iowa, this initiative is taking shape in numerous ways, including through Iowa Public Television’s “Raising Readers” efforts. Specifically, the network is leveraging the success of recent literacy efforts in Perry and Storm Lake to help kids across Iowa build school readiness and lifelong learning habits.

            For more information about the Ready to Learn/Raising Readers initiatives, visit www.readytolearnreading.org.

            For more information, interviews, photos, and more, contact Jennifer Konfrst at 515-242-3146.

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