Public Media Increases Early Learning Commitment in Nebraska

News Release Date: 
December 11, 2014

Immediate Release

Public Media Increases Early Learning Commitment in Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (Dec. 11, 2014) -- At yesterday’s White House Summit on Early Learning, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and PBS highlighted public media’s commitment to support early learning through high-quality educational media and digital learning tools for preschool children, educators and parents.

NET is one of 22 public media stations across the nation to receive a Ready To Learn grant to provide access to educational resources for high-need communities. Educational activities have included mobile learning labs at community centers, food distribution sites and during events at schools. Training on how to use Ready To Learn content and trusted PBS materials to help children succeed in school is a priority for Nebraska’s PBS station.

“With the additional funding from the Ready To Learn initiative, NET can put more resources into the hands of children to support vital early math and literacy learning,” said NET General Manager Mark Leonard.  “We’ve been pleased to bring new resources to students in Auburn, Fremont, Schuyler, Crete, Dakota City, Grand Island and Lincoln and will expand into new communities across Nebraska in 2015.”

Corporation for Public Broadcasting CEO Patricia Harrison said, “We recognize the vital role that quality early education experiences play in improving school readiness for our nation’s children. Our commitment sets children on a path to graduation and success in life.”

The following Ready To Learn projects are representative of an investment of $58 million to develop educational television and digital media for young children and their families, especially those from low-income communities:

  • More High-Quality PBS KIDS Content: The funding has supported the development of two PBS KIDS series, the award winning Peg + Cat and the recently launched Odd Squad to help children build their early math skills.
  • New Innovative Apps for Parents:  In 2015, PBS KIDS is making significant content additions to both the PBS KIDS Super Vision and PBS Parents Play and Learn apps, which have already reached more than 1.4 million downloads, providing resources that help parents get their children ready to enter school. 
  • New Resources for Teacher Professional Development: To support teachers in their use of interactive content and games in the classroom, CPB and PBS have partnered with Boston University’s School of Education to produce a series of teaching tips and video vignettes. The resources will be available on pbskids.org/lab and pbslearningmedia.org, which has 1.5 million users with registered access.

Public media’s commitment to early education also includes $20 million from the American Graduate/PBS KIDS fund, established earlier this year to expand the scope and reach of the U.S. Department of Education’s Ready To Learn Initiative. Through the fund, CPB and PBS are working to develop resources and tools to meet the growing needs of parents who want to become more involved in their children’s educational success and to help PBS stations offer free, high-quality content to enrich early learning experiences in homes, childcare centers and classrooms.

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Release written by:  Mary Jane Winquest, (402) 470-6247, mjwinquest@netNebraska.org.

About NET Television

NET 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. More information is available at www.netNebraska.org

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 1,400 locally owned and operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services. More information is available at www.cpb.org.

About PBS

PBS, with its over 350 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 109 million people through television and over 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. More information is available at www.pbs.org.

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. More information is available at pbskids.org.