Nebraska Public Media Selected for Ready To Learn-Funded Resources, Content

For Immediate Release

Nebraska Public Media Selected for Ready To Learn-Funded Resources, Content

LINCOLN, Neb. (May 20, 2024) – Nebraska Public Media has been selected to extend the impact of Ready To Learn-funded early childhood educational resources through a partnership with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.

Nebraska Public Media is one of 14 public media stations to receive an 18-month contract to work with partners to expand educator, parent and caregiver trainings in their states, as well as use digital media resources and hands-on learning activities from PBS KIDS, especially in underserved areas.

The statewide grant will allow Nebraska Public Media to work with various community and educator partners across the state to provide Educator and Community Learning (ECLs), hands on professional learning that engages early childhood educators in facilitator training to support working with families through family engagement and supporting young children in several key skills identified by the U.S. Department of Education.

The key skills identified in this round of Ready to Learn include functional everyday literacy, critical thinking, collaboration, world of work and intergenerational learning.

This program will support family engagement programming and events across the state to engage parents, caregivers, families and community members in intergenerational hands-on playful learning to support those same key skills.

“This grant helps children, parents, caregivers and teachers support our state’s youngest learners, setting them up for success in school, work and life,” said Mark Leonard, Nebraska Public Media General Manager/CEO. “Ready to Learn supports specific key skills with the overarching goal to create long term partnerships to build a bridge for learning from school to home to community in meaningful and approachable ways.”

Through the Ready To Learn program, funded by the USDE, CPB and PBS KIDS work with producers, researchers and other partners to develop, distribute and evaluate multiplatform content to support the needs of America’s children. The content includes multiplatform series, short-form video, interactive games, mobile apps and hands-on activities from PBS KIDS programs such as “Lyla in the Loop,” “Molly of Denali” and “Work It Out Wombats!”

Nebraska Public Media also previously received Ready To Learn funding to collaborate with local partners to create a “Learning Neighborhood” to foster a community-wide culture of learning at home, in the neighborhood and within local systems and spaces.

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About Nebraska Public Media

Nebraska Public Media has connected citizens with news, sports, education and entertainment since 1954. Providing global and compelling stories from PBS and NPR, the statewide public media network also produces award-winning local content. Its programs and services reach Nebraskans on television, radio, online, social media and mobile apps. Visit NebraskaPublicMedia.org for more information.

About CPB
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private, nonprofit corporation authorized by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,500 locally managed 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 cpb.org, follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn and subscribe for email updates.

About PBS KIDS

PBS KIDS believes the world is full of possibilities, and so is every child. As the number one educational media brand for kids, PBS KIDS helps children ages 2-8 learn lessons that last a lifetime. Through media and community-based programs, PBS KIDS wants children to see themselves uniquely reflected and celebrated in lovable, diverse characters who serve as positive role models, and to explore their feelings and discover new adventures along the way. Families can stream PBS KIDS for free anytime, no subscription required. A large collection of mobile apps and pbskids.org provide accessible content that spark kids’ curiosity. PBS KIDS and local stations across the country support the entire ecosystem in which children learn and grow – including their teachers and caregivers, parents, and community – providing resources accessible anytime and anywhere. For more information, visit pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on X (formerly Twitter), Facebook and Instagram.

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 Elementary and Secondary Education. 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 U.S. 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. S295A200004, CFDA No. 84.295A) provided by the Department of Education to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.