Iowa PBS Announces 2021-2022 Ready for School Communities

Iowa PBS’s commitment to early childhood education continues with the expansion of its Ready for School initiative. Educational specialists will work with educators, parents, childcare providers and local partners in several Iowa communities to implement STEM and literacy-based activities for children 2 through 5 years old.

“Iowa PBS 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 Iowa PBS. “Ready for School activities are designed to enhance early reading, math, science and social-emotional skills for young children. This roll-out to the 2021-2022 communities furthers Iowa PBS’s efforts to serve families across Iowa with trusted educational content.” 

Iowa PBS’s ninth year of Ready for School will focus on giving all children equal opportunity to succeed. Iowa PBS 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, Molly of Denali, 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 more than 150 other Iowa communities prior to this year.

The 2021-2022 Ready for School communities are associated with the following school districts:

  • Belle Plaine
  • Bennett Community
  • Boyden-Hull
  • BGM
  • Cherokee
  • Des Moines
  • George-Little Rock
  • Keota
  • Knoxville
  • North Cedar
  • Melcher-Dallas
  • MMCRU Schools
  • English Valleys
  • Pekin
  • Sheldon
  • Sioux Central
  • West Bend-Mallard