Vegas PBS partners with CPB and PBS to Support Early Learning in Low-Income Communities

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Vegas PBS partners with CPB and PBS to Support Early Learning in Low-Income Communities

Unique Community Collaborative Focuses on Science and Literacy through expanded Ready To Learn Initiative

Las Vegas—Vegas PBS, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) have partnered together to assist underserved communities with educational resources through the Community Collaboratives for Early Learning and Media (CC-ELM) grant.

The grant will allow Vegas PBS to work with community partners to give young children from low-income families a strong foundation in early science and literacy by implementing new PBS KIDS programming, mobile apps and digital games. Four other public media stations in Indiana, Iowa, Missouri and Oklahoma have also partnered with CPB and PBS through this initiative. Station partnerships will include schools, public libraries, science centers, health clinics and housing agencies that serve high-need populations.

“Education is a top priority for Vegas PBS and this grant gives us more opportunities to work together within the community to extend our efforts beyond programming and to ensure we expand our reach in Southern Nevada,” said Vegas PBS General Manager Tom Axtell. “Accessibility plays an integral role in learning and we hope these new resources will make it easier for our most challenged families to enhance the learning experience for children.”

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 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.

“Local public media stations play an essential role pioneering a unique community partnership model that uses public service media’s high-quality children’s educational content as a catalyst for school readiness,” said Deb Sanchez, CPB’s Senior Vice President of Education and Children’s Content. “By working hand-in-glove with local organizations, public service media can provide engaging learning opportunities - anytime and anywhere – for high-need children and families.”

About Vegas PBS

Dedicated to enriching lives in Southern Nevada, Vegas PBS uses television and other technologies to educate and empower individuals and to amplify the effectiveness of community organizations.

Vegas PBS Channel 10 is one of America’s most-watched PBS stations and offers five unique secondary channels: Create, Vme, Worldview, Rewind and Jackpot! Vegas PBS also collaborates with strategic partners to create content that examines current and historic regional issues.

Vegas PBS provides outreach programs to assist students of any age, from childhood through adulthood; professional development services for teachers; online adult job training and education courses; career services and resources for veterans; literacy and health workshops for families; educational materials for the deaf, hard of hearing, blind or vision impaired; and 24/7 online access to content via an array of devices and media.

For more information, visit VegasPBS.org, Facebook.com/VegasPBS or Twitter.com/VegasPBS.

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 nearly 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 www.cpb.org, follow us on Twitter @CPBmedia, Facebook, and LinkedIn and subscribe for updates.

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, online, mobile and community-based programs. Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including the PBS KIDS video player, now offering free streaming video accessible on computer- and mobile-device-based browsers. 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.

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 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. U295A150003-16, CFDA No. 84.295A) provided by the Department of Education to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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Caitlyn Lopez
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Cassandra Taloma
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