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PBS KIDS Island takes children on an adventure, as they build their own online island by playing reading games with PBS KIDS® characters from SUPER WHY!, WordWorld, Between The Lions and Sesame Street. Providing a safe environment for emerging readers to explore, the research-based program guides children through seven different literacy-building levels, including rhyming, letter identification, alliteration, phonics, letter sequencing, phonemic awareness and reading/vocabulary.

“PBS KIDS Island is built on a literacy framework, scaffolded to preschool reading curriculum,” said Rob Lippincott, senior vice president of Education at PBS. ”The site tracks a child’s progress and helps parents, caregivers and teachers identify areas where the child may need additional support.”

PBS KIDS Island is currently serving the needs of children ages 2-to-5, with plans to offer content for children ages 6-to-8 in 2009.

About PBS KIDS Raising Readers and the Ready To Learn Grant PBS KIDS Raising Readers utilizes reading-focused PBS KIDS multi-media content, including television programming, Web content and games for parents and teachers, professional development for caregivers and teachers, and curriculum for preschool and Kindergarten settings. This national initiative incorporates research-based methodologies focused on how children learn from media and employs a 360-degree approach, surrounding children and families with learning opportunities where they live and are most likely to interact. PBS KIDS Raising Readers is funded by the US Department of Education’s Ready To Learn grant and is a cooperative agreement of the U. S. Department of Education, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), PBS and The Ready To Learn Partnership to help children ages 2-8 build reading skills. The program serves a broad spectrum of children, but is most focused on low-income families.

About CPB 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 1100 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 on-line services.

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The contents of the release were developed under grant #PRU295B050003, from the 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.

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