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READY TO LEARN

FUNDING BRIEF: READY TO LEARN

Ready To Learn uses the power of public television’s on-air, online, mobile and on-the-ground educational content and engagement to build science, math and literacy skills of children between the ages of two and eight, especially those from low-income families.

ACTION REQUEST

  • Local public television stations request continued funding of $30 million for Ready To Learn in FY 2018.
  • Sustained, dedicated funding will allow Ready To Learn to continue to meet the needs of those children most lacking math and reading skills. By extending the program’s community engagement and partnership-driven work, and by increasing capacity and reach through the innovative use of digital media to build the math and reading skills of children ages two to eight, Ready To Learn will continue to improve on the successes demonstrated throughout its history and proven by more than 70 studies over the last six years.

BACKGROUND

First authorized in 1992, and most recently reauthorized in 2015 as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act, Ready To Learn is a competitive grant program administered by the U.S. Department of Education. 

Ready To Learn investments have supported the production and academic rigor of PBS KIDS series, such as Peg + Cat, SuperWhy!, Martha Speaks, Odd Squad and other iconic programming for children. 

But this investment in programming is only the beginning. Ready To Learn leverages a national-local partnership among the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), PBS and local public television stations that helps teachers and caregivers make the most of these media resources locally -- including online and mobile apps as well as television -- in schools, preschools, homeschools, Head Start and other daycare centers, libraries, mobile learning labs, Boys and Girls Clubs, and community centers. 

Ready To Learn has proven to be particularly helpful to preschool age students from low-income communities who have access to Ready To Learn's innovative learning tools and targeted on-the-ground outreach. 

Ready To Learn Accountability

Ready To Learn's science, math and literacy content is rigorously tested and evaluated to assess its impact on children's learning. Since 2005, more than 100 research and evaluation studies have shown that Ready To Learn literacy and math content engages children, enhances their early learning skills and allows them to make significant academic gains, helping bridge the achievement gap.

Ready To Learn Has Widespread Support

The success and value of Ready To Learn has been broadly recognized. This bipartisan support was especially visible during the program's reauthorization in the Every Student Succeeds Act. Ready To Learn is a federal grant program that has worked -- and worked very well -- exactly as it was intended to, with well-documented results that prove its enormous value to all American children. 

Ready To Learn is helping children learn in new ways by utilizing all platforms to successfully deliver educational digital media content, in collaboration with national partners and local stations. Public television requests that Congress provide continued funding of $30 million for Ready To Learn in FY 2018.


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