CPB and Ready to Learn, a U.S. Department of Education program supporting preschool learning, will provide $2.2 million in grants to 21 public television stations to create new or expand existing school-readiness projects.
One of the new grants, announced June 3, will establish an Illinois Ready to Learn transmedia network with pubTV partners WILL in Champaign-Urbana, WSIU in Carbondale and WTVP in Peoria, to reach 12,000 educators and 13,000 school children. Partnering with community coalitions in central and southern Illinois, the effort will provide educational programs to three low-income communities, as well as offer professional development for educators. The stations received just over $105,000 for that work.
Since 2011, pubTV stations nationwide have used Ready to Learn grants specifically to extend the educational benefits of PBS Kids content by providing interactive math and literacy programs and services to local communities. The latest round provides first-time grants to 12 stations, and renewals to nine more that will continue their projects. All grants run through September 2015.
The largest of this round, for just over $139,000, backs Detroit Public Television’s ongoing Ready to Learn work. That station will provide five community partners with technology as well as professional teacher development for 70 educators and parent workshops. Michigan Public Health Institute will measure impact.
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Stations receiving grants to bolster their ongoing work include: KBTC, Tacoma, Wash., $126,485; PBS SoCal, Costa Mesa, Calif., $107,406; KLRU, Austin, Texas, $107,914; Maryland Public Television, Owings Mills, $105,000; WVIZ, Cleveland, $105,001; Vegas PBS, Las Vegas, $102,516; Iowa Public Television, Johnston, $101,735; and WFSU, Tallahassee, Fla., $64,862.
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