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JOHNSTON- Iowa Public Television’s (IPTV) commitment to early childhood education continues with the expansion of its Ready for School initiative. Educational specialists will work with educators, parents, care providers and community partners in 26 Iowa communities to implement literacy-based activities for children ages 2-8. South Tama County Community School District has been named among those to take part. “Iowa Public Television’s Ready for School initiative makes a big difference in communities by providing resources and services designed to enhance early reading and math skills for young children,” said Terry Rinehart, director of Educational Services at IPTV. “These fun, engaging and educationally sound activities are a part of Iowa Public Television’s ongoing 45-year commitment to lifelong learning in Iowa.” IPTV’s second year of Ready for School will focus specifically on serving children from low-income families. 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!, The Electric Company, Fetch with Ruff Ruffman, Martha Speaks, Sid the Science Kid! and Super WHY! The program builds from the successful pilot testing of these methods and resources in Storm Lake, Perry and Waterloo that IPTV began in 2008. The initiative has been validated by scientifically based research funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The 26 Ready for School communities for 2014-2015 are: CAL Community School District; Cardinal Community School District; Charles City Community School District; Creston Community School District; Des Moines Independent Community School District (2 areas); Eldora-New Providence Community School District; Fort Madison Community School District; Harmony Community School District; Hubbard-Radcliffe Community School District; Lenox Community School District; Maple Valley-Anthon Oto Community School District; Meskwaki Nation; Newton Community School District; Schleswig Community School District; South Tama County Community School District; Southeast Webster-Grand Community School District; Van Buren Community School District; Southwest Valley Community School District; Wapello Community School District; Washington Community School District; Webster City Community School District; West Burlington Independent School District; West Monona Community School District; Whiting Community School District; Winfield Mount Union Community School District.

 
 

 

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