Idaho Public Television (IdahoPTV) has been awarded a planning grant to develop a Learning Neighborhood plan to engage local partners and extend the reach and impact of PBS KIDS early learning resources in communities throughout North Idaho. IdahoPTV will receive approximately $10,000 through the CPB-PBS Ready to Learn Initiative, funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
“We are very excited to receive this grant and training from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB),” says Kari Wardle, IdahoPTV Education Manager. “With the help of this grant funding, we will be able to launch our work in North Idaho by conducting an assets and needs assessment to help us learn how we can best serve the communities. Having a full-time person working in the northern part of the state has long been a dream of mine, and this grant is helping to make that dream a reality.”
IdahoPTV is one of 24 PBS stations across the country to receive training and guidance to research and develop a proposal for a “Learning Neighborhood,” a collaborative effort with community partners to foster a culture of learning at home, in the neighborhood, and within local systems and spaces. In a second phase of the project, 18 proposals will be selected for funding in 2023-2024, joining 22 other stations that launched Learning Neighborhoods in 2020 and 2021.
“Learning Neighborhoods foster a ‘Learn Together’ theme,” says Debra Tica Sanchez, CPB’s Senior Vice President of Education and Children’s Content. “Public television stations and local partners leverage public media content, characters, events, and activities to encourage children and adults to learn anytime and anywhere in their neighborhoods and communities. The planning process helps stations formalize their connections with community partners to best serve kids and families now and in the future.”
“At PBS KIDS our goal is to use the power of media to help children learn lessons that last a lifetime,” says Sara DeWitt, Senior Vice President and General Manager, PBS KIDS. “These planning grants will help stations create partnerships with local organizations across the country, providing access to high-impact learning resources for children, parents, and caregivers in their communities.”
This effort is part of a five-year grant awarded to CPB and PBS through the U.S. Department of Education’s Ready to Learn Initiative to develop new multi-platform media and engagement tools that introduce children to career and workforce options and help them build everyday literacy skills. The effort will empower and equip parents, caregivers, and communities to support children’s learning and growth in these areas through a network of Learning Neighborhoods, and conduct efficacy research on the newly produced educational resources.
About Idaho Public Television
An entity of the Idaho State Board of Education, Idaho Public Television is a statewide multimedia network with transmitters and translator stations that reach nearly 100 percent of all Idaho households with free over-the-air broadcast signals. IdahoPTV broadcasts across five digital channels through five full-power transmitters (KAID, Boise; KCDT, Coeur d’Alene; KIPT, Twin Falls; KISU, Pocatello; and KUID, Moscow) and offers streaming content and educational resources through its website: idahoptv.org. IdahoPTV is among the most-watched PBS affiliate networks per capita in the United States. The mission of Idaho Public Television is to “harness the power of public media to encourage lifelong learning, connect our communities, and enrich the lives of all Idahoans. We tell Idaho’s stories.”
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About PBS KIDS
PBS KIDS believes the world is full of possibilities, and so is every child. As the number one educational media brand for kids, PBS KIDS helps children ages 2-8 learn lessons that last a lifetime. Through television, digital media, and community-based programs, PBS KIDS wants children to see themselves uniquely reflected and celebrated in lovable, diverse characters who serve as positive role models, and to explore their feelings and discover new adventures along the way. Families can watch PBS KIDS anytime on the free PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and the PBS KIDS Video app, available on mobile and connected-TV devices, no subscription required. PBS KIDS’ large collection of mobile apps and pbskids.org provide accessible content, including digital games and streaming video to spark kids’ curiosity. PBS KIDS and local stations across the country support the entire ecosystem in which children learn and grow – including their teachers, parents, and community – providing resources to support children’s learning, anytime and anywhere. For more information, visit pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
About the Ready to Learn Initiative
The Ready to Learn Initiative is a cooperative agreement funded and managed by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. It supports the development of innovative educational television and digital media targeted at preschool and early elementary school children and their families. Its general goal is to promote early learning and school readiness, with a particular interest in reaching low-income children. In addition to creating television and other media products, the program supports activities intended to promote national distribution of the programming, effective educational uses of the programming, community-based outreach, and research on educational effectiveness.
The contents of this release were developed under a grant from the Department of Education. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. The project is funded by a Ready to Learn grant (PR/AWARD No. S295A200004, CFDA No. 84.295A) provided by the Department of Education to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.