CPB Awards Partnership Planning Grants to 35 Public TV Stations

Community Engagement Programs to Help Early Learning in Science, Literacy

February 7, 2018

(WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 7, 2018) -- The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) has awarded $177,697 in planning grants to 35 public television stations to connect new PBS KIDS science and literacy resources to the highest need children in their communities.

The grants, averaging $5,000 apiece, are part of the CPB-PBS Ready To Learn Initiative supported by the U.S. Department of Education that is focused on maximizing the impact of PBS KIDS content through community collaboration and personalized learning experiences for children. The Ready To Learn Initiative reaches millions of children and families across America. 

“Education is core to public media’s mission and these planning grants will help stations analyze community needs and determine the best partners to reach and serve young children and their families,” said Deb Sanchez, CPB senior vice president, education and children’s content. “This experience will reinforce the important role stations play as educational media partners to communities and families.”    

Awardees are:

  • Alaska Public Media (Anchorage)
  • Alabama Public Television (Birmingham)
  • Arizona PBS (Phoenix)
  • CET (Cincinnati, Ohio)
  • Community Idea Stations (Richmond, Virginia)
  • Georgia Public Broadcasting (Atlanta)
  • Idaho Public Television (Boise)
  • KRWG (Las Cruces, New Mexico)
  • KUED (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Louisiana Public Broadcasting (Baton Rouge)
  • Milwaukee PBS (Wisconsin)
  • Maryland Public Television (Owings Mills)
  • NET Nebraska (Lincoln)
  • New Mexico PBS (Albuquerque)
  • Nashville Public Television (Tennessee)
  • Public Broadcasting Atlanta (Georgia)
  • Prairie Public Broadcasting (Fargo, North Dakota)
  • UNC-TV (Chapel Hill, North Carolina)
  • ValleyPBS (Fresno, California)
  • Vermont PBS (Colchester)
  • WCNY (Syracuse, New York)
  • WETA (Arlington, Virginia)
  • WGBY (Springfield, Massachusetts)
  • WGTE (Toledo, Ohio)
  • WHRO (Norfolk, Virginia)
  • WHUT (Washington, D.C.)
  • WHYY (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  • WIPB (Muncie, Indiana)
  • WLVT (Allentown, Pennsylvania)
  • WNED (Buffalo, New York)
  • WNET (New York, New York)
  • WOSU (Columbus, Ohio)
  • Wisconsin Public Television (Madison)
  • WUCF (Orlando, Florida)
  • WXXI (Rochester, New York)

Up to 14 of the 35 station community engagement plans resulting from the planning grants will be selected for further Ready To Learn grants. Ready To Learn aims to give children ages 2 to 8 from low-income households a stronger foundation in early science and literacy learning by engaging them, their families and their caregivers with high-quality PBS KIDS broadcast, digital and hands-on educational content.

About the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

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About PBS

PBS, with nearly 350 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and digital content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 100 million people through television and nearly 28 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. Decades of research confirms that PBS’ premier children’s media service, PBS KIDS, helps children build critical literacy, math and social-emotional skills, enabling them to find success in school and life. Delivered through member stations, PBS KIDS offers high-quality educational content on TV – including a new 24/7 channel, online at pbskids.org, via an array of mobile apps and in communities across America. More information about PBS is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org websites on the internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile and connected devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at pbs.org/pressroom or by following PBS Pressroom on Twitter.

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 Innovation and Improvement. It supports the development of innovative educational television and digital media targeted to 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. [PR/Award No. U295A150003, CFDA No. 84.295A]