Ready for School

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

Ready for School focuses on giving all children equal opportunity to succeed. Iowa PBS provides 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 was validated by scientifically based research funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Ready for School has been deployed in more than 165 Iowa communities.

Ready for School Toolkit

Young learners can practice letters and early geometry skills with Alphabet Patterns from our Ready for School toolkit.

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Language Arts

An educator's guide to social, emotional and character development curriculum.

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Social Emotional

Practice early geometry, counting and pattern recognition.

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STEM

Practice counting skills.

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STEM

Help young children learn to manage emotions with Daniel Tiger’s Life Lessons from our Ready for School toolkit.

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Social Emotional

Practice counting and math skills.

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STEM

Solve odd cases and create useful gadgets.

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STEM

Learn about basic science and math strategies and skills.

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STEM

Practice word building skills.

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Language Arts

Help your young learner practice letters and numbers with the writing mat from our Ready for School toolkit.

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Language Arts