NET Receives Ready To Learn Grant from CPB

News Release Date: 
June 5, 2014

For Immediate Release

NET Receives New Ready To Learn Initiative Award to Support Early Childhood Learning Across the State

LINCOLN, Neb. (June 5, 2014) -- NET announced today that it will expand school readiness projects in selected Nebraska communities, with a focus on math and literacy. NET is one of 21 public television stations across the country to receive funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) as part of the Ready To Learn (RTL) Initiative. NET will work with partners including the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) to improve math and literacy skills in Nebraska children ages 2-8.

NET will collaborate with community-based educational partners serving children in school, after school and throughout the summer. It will also provide training to local educators on how to use RTL multiplatform content and to parents on how to engage their children in math and literacy activities at home. NET and its partners will continue to expand community initiatives in Fremont and Auburn, Neb., which were initially launched in 2013, as well as to identify at least two additional communities with the support of the Ready To Learn Initiative award.

“Research shows that early learning can help children succeed in school and in life, and the need is even greater for kids from low-income families,” said Gary Targoff, NET Assistant General Manager of Education. “With the additional funding from the Ready To Learn initiative, NET can extend resources to help families support early math and literacy learning for Nebraska’s youngest learners.”

CPB and PBS have joined forces through the Ready To Learn Initiative, a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education and Congress, to address this critical school readiness issue, particularly in low-income communities. The RTL Initiative uses multiplatform media and other learning tools--including television programs, interactive games, mobile apps and hands-on activities--to engage and strengthen early learning experiences for children at home, in preschool and in other out of school settings.

For more information on NET and its Learning Services offerings, visit netNebraska.org/readytolearn.

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CONTACTS: Gary Targoff, NET Assistant General Manager, Education, 402-470-6268 or gtargoff@netNebraska.org, or Emily Nash, NET Early Childhood Education Specialist, 402-470-6690 or enash@netNebraska.org

RELEASE WRITTEN BY: Gary Brienzo, 402-470-6578, or email at gbrienzo@netNebraska.org

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.

NET Television: NET1 is Nebraska's first public television broadcast service and includes PBS and award-winning, locally produced public television programming; NET2 World offers live coverage of the Nebraska Unicameral, and other news and public affairs programming; NET3 Create is a 24-hour channel featuring the most popular how-to, travel and lifestyle series.

NET Nebraska App: NET has developed the NET Nebraska App for mobile devices to provide Nebraskans fast access to live and on-demand Television, Radio and digital content. The NET Nebraska App is available as a free download in the Apple App Store or Google Play. For more information, visit netNebraska.org/apps.