Mississippi Public Broadcasting will expand school readiness projects across Mississippi with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and PBS Kids®. MPB is one of 21 public television stations across the nation to receive funding as part of the CPB, PBS Kids® and Ready to Learn® Initiative.
Early childhood education encompasses learning from the time of birth through age 8—a crucial time period for cognitive development. During those early years, hands-on activities and educational games are an effective way to foster creative and critical thinking.
As a part of the Ready to Learn®Initiative, MPB will host educational engagement events throughout the year.
A number of those events will be held in the Jackson neighborhood that feeds into Lanier High School, which has high poverty, unemployment and dropout rates. MPB has partnered with Dawson Elementary, which feeds into Lanier High School, and nearby apartment complexes to engage children, families and teachers with educational support for time spent in school, after school and at home.
The contents of this Project were funded and developed by a Ready to Learn® grant (PR/AWARD No. U295a 100CFDA No. 84.295A) from the Department of Education and Corporation for Public Broadcasting. 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 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.
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.
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.