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Contracts for Services to USA Television Stations to
Provide Training in Children's Educational Programming

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Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB)

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01/31/20 12:00 PM EDT


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Contracts for services to USA television stations to provide training and technical assistance in children's educational programming. Applicants must contact the Funding Source prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended to impact children from underserved and low-income communities.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), as part of its 2015-20 Ready To Learn initiative (“RTL”) funded by the Ready to Learn Television Program of the U.S. Department of Education, intends to contract with up to six public television stations to act as mentors to 25 stations that will be funded by CPB as RTL Station Training & Implementation funds starting in spring 2020. The mentors must have experience creating advanced digital and educational community engagement resources, through the RTL initiative, and must provide assistance to the stations as they implement these resources in low-income communities with children ages two to eight, and their families and caregivers (“the target audience”).

The mentors will work with CPB and PBS to design and facilitate a hands-on training session for the 25 stations. The training will feature key engagement resources, including but not limited to, PBS KIDS Family & Community Learning, Playful Learning for Educators, and out-of-school time camps. After the training, the mentors will assist CPB and PBS in reviewing the stations’ implementation plans and provide them technical support as needed, via email, phone, message boards, or in-person consultation. The mentors’ role is to support CPB and PBS in their goal of improving the stations’ capacities to strengthen early science and literacy learning among the target audience.

In addition to the work described above, stations selected for funding must:

  • Collaborate with CPB and PBS to design, produce, and facilitate the training for stations on RTL resources with CPB, PBS, and key RTL partners at the 2020 PBS Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA;
  • Send at least one staff member to participate in this training;
  • Analyze up to five stations’ plans to implement RTL resources and provide constructive feedback, in writing;
  • Participate in a virtual community, hosted by CPB, to receive project information from and provide technical assistance to the stations through September 30, 2020;
  • Provide mentorship to the stations via phone calls, emails, or in-person consultation as appropriate through September 30, 2020; and,
  • Submit quarterly detailed financial reports of the mentor’s project expensesto CPB, with certification of accounting.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187911

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Number of Grants:

Up to six mentors

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) intends to contract with public television stations.

To be eligible, applicants must be contracted by CPB as Community Collaborative for Early Learning & Media (“CC-ELM”) and have extensive experience in the development of any of the following RTL resources:
- PBS KIDS Family & Community Learning;
- Out-of-school-time camps (e.g. Odd Squad Be The Agent Camps, Ruff Ruffman Science Camps, Ready Jet Go Space Camp);
- Playful Learning for Educators; or,
- PBS TeacherLine Courses.

Applicant is strictly prohibited from using any funds provided by CPB:
- for any activity designed to influence legislation or appropriations pending before the United States Congress or any state legislature; or
- to conduct any reception or provide any other entertainment for any officer or employee of the federal government or any state or local government.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications Due: Friday, January 31, 2019 at 12:00 PM EDT

Application Timeline:
- RFA Announced: January 9, 2020
- Close Access to Grants Management System 12pm EST: January 24, 2020:
- Applications Due 12pm EST: January 31, 2020
- Selections Announced: March 2020

To gain access to the CPB’s grants management system, please send an email request to Devon Steven, Director, RTL Community Engagement, no later than Friday, January 24, 2020 at 12:00 PM ET. CPB will provide access within two business days.

All questions must be submitted in writing to Devon Steven, at the email address in Contact Information below. CPB will post all questions, without attribution, and its response on CPB’s website. The deadline for submitting questions is Friday, January 24, 2020 at 12:00 PM ET.

Applicants may find the following resources useful when responding to this request.
- Ready To Learn portal on PBS Learning Media:;
- CPB:;
- EDC:; and
- SRI:

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