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Ready To Lead in Literacy Grant Supports Ready To Learn at UNC-TV
On June 16, 2005 - W. Kenneth Ferree, acting president and chief executive officer of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, today announced establishment of the Ready To Lead in Literacy grant program, which will help stations maintain and expand their community-based early literacy efforts. UNC-TV’s efforts have been greatly enhanced by the continued support of the F. M. Kirby Foundation.
The United States Department of Education provided UNC Center for Public Television’s (UNC-TV's) Ready To Learn program with a three-year grant through the United States Department of Education beginning in fiscal year 2005-2006. The objectives for the Ready To Lead in Literacy (RTLL) initiative are to increase the literacy of children in RTLL station communities; provide short-term funding to Ready To Learn stations to continue and grow their Ready To Learn activities; and support public television literacy leadership in select communities where public television stations such UNC-TV have made early childhood education -- especially literacy -- a core competency of their local services mission. The RTLL grant coupled with the generous support of the Kirby Foundation provide the financial base for this valuable service to North Carolina.
UNC-TV’s RTLL initiative has established three centers in of excellence in three major geographic regions of North Carolina—mountains (Buncombe and Cherokee Counties), piedmont (Durham County) and coastal plain (Pitt County)—in cooperation with local schools and early childhood educators.
The program seeks to support and improve the literacy knowledge of the two significant teachers in the child’s life, their classroom instructors and their parents or caregivers.
Intended Outcomes for Three Centers of Excellence:
PBS Ready To Learn is supported by a cooperative agreement from the U. S. Department of Education, PR/Award Number R295A00002.