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Iowa Public Television Brings New Learning Opportunities to Columbus Community

June 6, 2014

Johnston, Iowa – Kids spending time at Community Health Center of Southeast Iowa will have new resources available to help promote a love of books and learning, thanks to a new Learning Center from Iowa Public Television. The Learning Center features a bookshelf filled with age-appropriate books to foster children’s early literacy skills, along with a flat-screen television dedicated to Iowa Public Television’s high-quality children’s programming. The new IPTV Learning Center will open with a launch event at 10 a.m. on June 16. This event also celebrates Learning Centers in Columbus Junction at Great Beginnings Preschool and Colonel’s Kids Preschool.


Members of the public are invited to attend the launch event

Monday, June 16, 10-10:30 a.m.

Community Health Center of Southeast Iowa – 2439 Spring Street, Columbus City


"We’re pleased to expand these Ready for School Learning Centers to another location in Iowa,” said Terry Rinehart, director of Educational Services at Iowa Public Television. “With this Learning Center, families can spend time together reading books, watching excellent children’s programs that support early reading skills like recognizing letters and sounds, and learning additional ways to have fun together while waiting to see a health professional.”


“The Community Health Centers of Louisa County are excited to be a part of the IPTV and Ready for School Learning Center,” said Liz Hinkle, Patient Care Manager. “We proudly focus on establishing a healthcare relationship with our patients and this is just another opportunity to be a part of an educational experience we can offer to the community. This is a big chance for parents of young children to nurture, encourage and promote reading and education with their child while they wait to see their healthcare provider.” 


"We appreciate the Learning Center provided by Iowa Public Television,” said Joy Lekwa, Director of Colonel's Kids Preschool. “We will make excellent use of this resource!"


"IPTV has proven their amazing commitment to the young learners of Iowa through their consistent generosity and have lived up to their mission statement of educating, and enriching the lives of Iowans,” said Beth Hills-Carrier, educator at Great Beginnings Preschool.


The IPTV Learning Centers are part of Iowa Public Television’s Ready for School initiative which works with Iowa communities’ efforts to help strengthen the math and literacy skills of children ages 2-8. Learn more at Iptv.org/readyforschool. 


For more information about Iowa Public Television’s educational offerings, please contact Kristen Gray at (515) 725-9703 or Kristen.Gray@iptv.org. 


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