Iowa Public Television’s School Readiness Efforts Get a Boost from Selective Award
July 17, 2013
The network is one of four nationally to receive funding for early childhood education program
Johnston, Iowa – Iowa Public Television has received an award of $27,500 from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to expand efforts to help economically disadvantaged children use technology to increase their early math and literacy skills. This funding, called a Ready To Learn Demonstration Station Sustainability Award, is one of only four awarded to public television stations nationally.
In this initiative, Iowa Public Television will collaborate with both in-school and out-of-school learning partners in Council Bluffs, Storm Lake, and Waterloo. The network will help parents, care providers, and educators in their quest to help children arrive at school prepared for success from the very beginning and to keep them learning at home and throughout the summer. Projects include math mentorship programs, use of the PBS KIDS LAB website, transmedia training and usage, and other professional development opportunities for those who work with children ages 2-8.
Substantial efforts are already underway in Storm Lake and Waterloo, and this funding will help the network continue these programs. This award also allows for expansion into the Council Bluffs community.
These efforts are part of Iowa Public Television’s Ready To Learn initiative, in partnership with PBS, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the Ready To Learn Partnership. Nationally, Ready To Learn is focused heavily on developing programs and resources that help young children build strong pre-reading, reading, and early math skills using scientifically-based research to guide teaching strategies.
For more information on Iowa Public Television’s educational activities, please contact Jennifer Konfrst at 515-242-3146 or Jennifer@iptv.org, or visit http://www.iptv.org
Iowa Public Television is Iowa's statewide public broadcasting network. IPTV provides quality, noncommercial programming to make a difference in the lives of Iowans. As one of the last locally controlled media enterprises in the state, IPTV is committed to telling Iowa's stories like no one else can. Our mission to educate, inform, enrich, and inspire Iowans enables IPTV to present an unequaled array of programs of lasting value to Iowans regardless of where they live or what they can afford. More than 2.2 million viewers a month turn to IPTV for programming that reflects a range of interests for Iowans in all demographic categories. Iowa Public Television offers three programming channels statewide: IPTV, IPTV LEARNS, and IPTV WORLD. Iowa Public Television stations include: Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; Channel 36, Red Oak. Information on programming channels, reception, and more can be found at www.iptv.org.