Iowa PBS Announces 2020-2021 Ready for School Communities

Education specialists work to strengthen STEM and literacy skills of young Iowans.

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, child care providers and community partners in several Iowa communities to implement STEM and literacy-based activities for children 2 through 6 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 2020-2021 communities furthers Iowa PBS’s efforts to serve families across Iowa with trusted educational content.” 

Iowa PBS’s eighth 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 125 other Iowa communities prior to this year.

The 2020-2021 Ready for School communities are associated with the following school districts:

Adair-Casey-Guthrie Center Albert City-Truesdale Andrew Central Lee Delwood Des Moines Emmetsburg Graettinger-Terril Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Maquoketa Morning Sun Okoboji Olin Postville Rock Valley Sibley-Ocheyedan Sioux Center WACO