The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS today awarded Arizona PBS $175,000 to work with community partners to provide science and literacy resources for the youngest learners in underserved areas.
Arizona PBS is one of 14 public media stations nationwide to receive a Community Collaboratives for Early Learning and Media 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.
“To be one of a few stations in the nation is a tremendous opportunity for us to support educators and students right in our backyard,” said Kimberly Flack, associate general manager of educational outreach at Arizona PBS. “We sincerely appreciate this generous grant Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.”
The grant will enable Arizona PBS to work closely with community partners 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.
‘“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.”
Work will focus on the Edison-Eastlake neighborhood in Phoenix, providing educational resources to educators, after-school programs, community centers and city parks and recreation.
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 grants can be found in the 2015-2020 grant announcement and 2016 press release.
Since 2010, the Arizona PBS Educational Outreach team has reached nearly 750,000 families and more than 60,000 teachers and teachers in training across the state through large-scale events and special community development workshops. In 2017, Arizona PBS Educational Outreach received the highest Emmy Award in the region, the Governors’ Award from the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.