Supporting the Creation of Effective Children’s Educational Media Content and Community Outreach


Ready To Learn is a federally funded grant program that enables local public television stations nationwide to help close the achievement gap for the nation’s youngest learners.

Managed by the Department of Education, Ready To Learn is a competitive grant program that helps support the creation of highly researched children’s educational media content and community outreach targeted to help low-income early learners ages 2-8 succeed in school.

The content introduces children to key science, literacy and math concepts early to prepare them for school while boosting their long-term educational opportunities.

If Ready To Learn funding is cut, the production of highly researched children’s programming, online and mobile apps, and community engagement resources are at risk. With your help, we can make sure that doesn’t happen.

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What does Ready To Learn fund?

Children playing educational games on ipads.

Local stations host educational activities for children. During a series of educational engagement nights, Louisiana Public Broadcasting showed children a Ready To Learn program, then played an educational ipad game and conducted a hands-on learning experiment. Photo credit: Louisiana Public Broadcasting

  • Creation of Educational Content

    The grant has helped create programs like like Peg+Cat, Odd Squad, SuperWHY!, Martha Speaks and more. It also supports the development of interactive online and mobile games.

  • Research and Evaluation of Content

    All of Ready To Learn’s content is highly researched and tested to ensure it helps children make academic gains.

  • Community Outreach Programs

    The grant enables local public television stations to team up with community partners to train teachers and caregivers to use these educational resources in schools, day care centers, libraries, hospitals and more, and host educational summer camps, mobile learning labs and other opportunities.

Why is Ready To Learn important?

More than 100 research and evaluation studies show that children make academic gains in science, math and literacy when they watch public television’s educational programming and play complementary, interactive online and mobile games, including preschoolers from low income-communities. 

When children interact with Ready To Learn content they experience a:

  • 14% increase in knowledge of numbers, operations and algebraic thinking
  • 25% increase in skip counting
  • 21% increase in naming letters
  • 37% increase in letter sounds

Specific content has been proven to help children make the following gains:

More than half of 3-4-year-olds in the United States do not attend preschool. However, virtually every American household can access Ready To Learn’s educational content through 350 local public television stations.

In fact, 15.5 million American children ages 2-11 are using Ready To Learn content to get ready for school success.

What is the value of Ready To Learn?

All public media funding, including Ready To Learn funding, amounts to about $1.35 per American.

The investment in the program is small in comparison to its huge impact on closing the achievement gap, improving children’s academic outcomes and giving all Americans a bright future.