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Posted Nov 29, 2018

CPB, PBS Award Ready to Learn Grant to APT

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and PBS today announced that Alabama Public Television has been awarded $175,000 to work with community partners to provide science and literacy resources for the youngest learners to underserved areas.

Alabama Public Television is one of 14 public media stations nationwide to receive a Community Collaboratives for Early Learning and Media (CC-ELM) grant this year, joining 16 other public media stations doing similar work through a community engagement model to help the youngest learners in their communities. This effort is part of a five-year Ready To learn grant awarded to CPB and PBS through the U.S. Department of Education’s Ready To Learn Initiative to advance new tools supporting personalized and adaptive content for children and parents, establish a network of community collaboratives, and conduct efficacy research on the educational resources provided.

“This grant will allow Alabama Public Television to further build on our extensive relationships with community partners and extend the proven benefits of high-quality PBS KIDS content to our youngest learners,” said Roy Clem, Executive Director of APT.

The grant will enable Alabama Public Television to work closely with the YMCA of Greater Birmingham, the United Way of Central Alabama, the Walker County Board of Education, and Walker Area Community Foundation to maximize the impact of new PBS KIDS science and literacy-based programming, mobile apps and digital games from trusted series “Ready Jet Go!” and “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!” along with other media properties. Work will help young learners in Walker County, a rural area where the poverty level, especially among families with young children, has been increasing. Alabama Public Television will work with Oakman Middle School and Carbon Hill Junior High in Walker County.

 ‘“Public media’s high-quality children’s content has proven effective in helping our youngest learners make academic gains and experience social-emotional growth to get on the right track for school,” said Deb Sanchez, CPB’s Senior Vice President of Education and Children’s Content. “Through these grants supporting community collaborations, public media can provide engaging learning opportunities – for free, anytime and anywhere – for all children and families, especially those living in low-income communities.”

“Together with community partners, PBS stations play an integral role in helping our nation’s most underserved kids,” said Lesli Rotenberg, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, Children's Media & Education, PBS. “We fully support the work of 14 additional stations sharing  impactful resources with their local communities through these new grants. Their work builds on years of research demonstrating that PBS KIDS content is effective in helping children learn critical school readiness skills, with kids in low-income households often making the greatest gains.”

For the past two decades, the U.S. Department of Education’s Ready To Learn Television grant has funded the development of educational television and digital media targeted at preschool and early elementary school children and their families, especially those who live in low-income communities. CPB and PBS KIDS work with producers, researchers, local public media stations, and other partners to develop, distribute and evaluate PBS KIDS multiplatform content to engage children, families, and educators in learning experiences at home, in preschool, and in out-of-school settings.  Information on other stations receiving Community Collaboratives for Early Learning and Media (CC-ELM) grants can be found in the 2015-2020 grant announcement and 2016 press release.

About Alabama Public Television

Alabama Public Television is an educational resource for Alabamians of all ages, providing television production and programming, extensive online services, and outreach and engagement activities in communities throughout Alabama. America’s first state educational television network, APT today plays a vital role in Alabama education through its services for teachers and classrooms, parents and caregivers, reaching more citizens than any other educational organization in the state.

About CPB

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,500 locally owned and operated public television and radio stations nationwide. CPB is also the largest single source of funding for research, technology and program development for public radio, television and related online services. For more information, visit cpb.org, follow us on Twitter @CPBmediaFacebook, and LinkedIn and subscribe for updates at cpb.org/subscribe.

About PBS KIDS

PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, digital platforms and community-based programs.  Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including digital games and streaming video. PBS KIDS also offers mobile apps to help support young children’s learning. The PBS KIDS Video App is available on a variety of mobile devices and on platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Xbox One and Chromecast. For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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