Iowa PBS Announces 2018-2019 Ready for School Communities

Education specialists work to strengthen STEM and literacy skills of young Iowa children

IPTV’s commitment to early childhood education continues with the expansion of its Ready for School initiative. Educational specialists will work with educators, parents, child care providers and community partners in several Iowa communities to implement STEM and literacy-based activities for children ages 2 through 6 years old.

“IPTV uses the power of technology and media to spark children’s curiosity and excite them about learning,” said Ken Harrison, director of Educational Services at IPTV. “Ready for School activities are designed to enhance early reading, math and science skills for young children. This roll-out to the 2018-19 communities furthers IPTV’s efforts to serve families across Iowa with trusted educational content.” 

IPTV’s sixth year of Ready for School will focus on giving all children equal opportunity to succeed. IPTV will provide access to high-quality educational media resources including online games, instructional materials and educational activities that help children increase their school readiness and success. The multimedia content and related activities are based upon the work of educational children’s programming from PBS, such as The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!, Odd Squad, Martha Speaks, Peg + Cat, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Super WHY!.

The initiative has been validated by scientifically-based research funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Ready for School has been deployed in over 100 other Iowa communities prior to this year.

The 2018-2019 Ready for School communities are:

  • Bloomfield
  • Des Moines
  • Evansdale
  • Garwin
  • Marshalltown
  • Moulton
  • Oelwein
  • Perry
  • Schaller
  • Seymour
  • Tama
  • Toledo
  • Waterloo