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IPTV and DE receive grant for early childhood education

July 24, 2009

Iowa Public Television Receives Grant to Work with Iowa Department of Education to Enhance Early Childhood Education

IPTV one of six public television stations nationwide selected for funding

(Johnston, Iowa)  -- The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) has awarded Iowa Public Television a grant of $50,000 to collaborate with the Iowa Department of Education to provide early childhood education resources through the Ready To Learn initiative.

“As Iowa’s educational television network, we have always known how important it is that programming for children is designed to allow parents and educators to use them as tools for teaching, along with supporting materials,” said Daniel K. Miller, executive director and general manager for Iowa Public Television. “Our long-standing commitment to Iowa’s kids, combined with our partnership with the Iowa Department of Education, will allow us to use this funding to make a difference in the lives of Iowa kids and families.”

Working closely with the Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Public Television will use the grant to determine which PBS Ready To Learn digital services – such as online activities, teacher resources, and video tied to six PBS KIDS programs – will most effectively assist with meeting Iowa’s early childhood education needs. The grant will also allow IPTV and the Iowa Department of Education to provide early childhood educators with greater access to Ready To Learn resources.

“Through this grant opportunity, we can continue to support and expand the Department’s Every Child Reads initiative, which enhances quality early childhood education and instructional strategies offered by Iowa’s area education agencies,” said Judy Jeffery, director of the Iowa Department of Education. “The AEA Early Childhood trainers will link to IPTV’s quality programming and extend early learning activities using research-based media resources for educators; igniting young viewers’ learning.”

Iowa Public Television’s Ready To Learn initiative uses content from six PBS KIDS series, designed to support the reading skills of children ages 2-8, with a special emphasis on reaching children from low-income families. This content is offered across several platforms, including video, the Internet, classroom curricula, and educational electronic games. Online professional development courses for early childhood educators are also available. Iowa Public Television has been involved with piloting these resources in the Perry and Storm Lake communities over the past two years.

Grants were also awarded to public television stations in California, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, and New York.

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