The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (“CPB”), as part of the 2015-20 Ready To Learn initiative (“RTL”) intends to provide funds for up to seven public television stations to create Community Collaboratives for Early Learning and Media (“CC-ELM”), an innovative model of community engagement designed to extend the reach and impact of the RTL content in low-income communities. Each CC-ELM will consist of networks of partners in these communities that work together to give children ages two to eight (the “Target Audience”) a stronger foundation in early science and literacy learning.
The stations selected through this RFP will join an existing group of CC-ELM which began their work in December 2015. Projects will begin no earlier than October 1, 2016 and conclude no later than September 30, 2020 (contingent on annual federal appropriations for the RTL program). The first year of the contract will be a planning period, during which each station will conduct a partner needs assessment. This must be completed before training partners and implementing RTL content.