PEORIA (WEEK) -- The Peoria-based public broadcasting station is launching a remote learning program to be on air later this summer for the 2020-2021 school year.
WTVP REMOTE will broadcast on 47.5. The station estimates it has the potential to reach 200,000 households throughout 20 counties in central Illinois.
The program will feature some content from the PBS digital learning library, but most of the content will be locally produced. Content will be scheduled throughout the day to support curricula for pre-kindergarten through grade 12 in math, science, reading, language arts, social studies and other subjects.
“A big part of WTVP’s mission for 49 years has been to serve as a quality educational resource for the community. We do that every day on our flagship station, PBS Kids, Create TV and World,” said WTVP President and CEO, Lesley Matuszak. “This takes our commitment to education to a whole new level. It is the right thing to do for the children, parents and educators who are working so hard to stay engaged through remote learning. There couldn’t be a better time for WTVP to acquire the technology and form the partnerships to make this happen.”
A major gift to WTVP from local philanthropists Sid and Flo Banwart was pivotal in purchasing the technology to make the additional channels possible, according to a release by the station.
"WTVP REMOTE will be especially important to the thousands of low-income urban families and rural residents in the region who do not have reliable access to high-speed internet, cable TV service or a computer. Under current quarantine conditions and in other natural disasters or school disruptions, those students are almost completely cut off from instructional resources," the release read.