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IPTV Receives New Ready To Learn Initiative Award to Support Early Childhood Learning in Burlington, Denison and Sioux City

June 4, 2014

Johnston, IA – Iowa Public Television announced today that it will expand school readiness projects in Burlington, Denison and Sioux City with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and PBS. IPTV is one of 21 public television stations across the country to receive funding as part of the CPB-PBS Ready To Learn (RTL) Initiative. Major goals for IPTV’s efforts include changing summertime focus to purposeful activities that foster skills such as reading and math, using PBS KIDS learning resources to help ensure that all children are school ready, and converting afterschool time to an opportunity to motivate and engage students.

IPTV, Iowa’s statewide public broadcasting network, will collaborate with Burlington, Denison and Sioux City educational partners who serve children in school, after school and throughout the summer. It will also provide training to local educators on how to use RTL multiplatform content, and to parents on how to engage their children in math and literacy activities at home. IPTV will partner with community organizations to implement projects such as a math mentorship program, early literacy library centers, Head Start and preschool mobile labs, afterschool and YMCA community labs, and an interactive technology at school activity.

“Research shows that early learning can help children succeed in school and in life, and the need is even greater for kids from low-income families,” said Terry Rinehart, director of Educational Services at IPTV. “With the additional funding from the Ready to Learn initiative, IPTV can extend resources to help families support early math and literacy learning for the kids in our Iowa communities.”

With millions of children lacking the basic early math and literacy skills to succeed in school, CPB and PBS have joined forces through the RTL Initiative, a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education and Congress, to address this critical school readiness issue, particularly in low-income communities. The RTL Initiative uses multiplatform media and other learning tools – including television programs, interactive games, mobile apps, as well as hands-on activities – to engage and strengthen early learning experiences for children ages 2-8 at home, in preschool, and in other out of school settings.  

For more information, please contact Kristen Gray at 515-725-9703 or Kristen.Gray@iptv.org. 

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