The Ready To Learn Grant

About the Grant

Past Ready To Learn initiative grants from the U.S. Department of Education have funded some of the country's most effective and beloved children's educational television programming. Ready To Learn initiative programs like Between the Lions, Sesame Street, SUPER WHY, and WordWorld have helped young children build the cognitive, problem solving, and social/emotional skills they need for school success.

Today's Ready To Learn initiative funding is focused heavily on developing programs and resources that help young children build strong pre-reading and reading skills, using scientifically-based reading research (SBRR) to guide teaching strategies. Other current Ready To Learn initiative priorities include:

  • Testing new ways for kids and parents to view programs—for example, on the Internet, or with handheld devices, mobile phone, and other emerging technologies
  • Exploring new ways to ensure that children from all socio-economic levels have the resources they need to learn how to read
  • Evaluating rigorously the outcomes of children's exposure to television programming and other content to learn what works

Current Ready To Learn initiative grantees are PBS in partnership with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Ready To Learn Partnership. Fun, engaging, innovative, and motivating productions in development include the soon-to-be-unveiled Martha Speaks and an updated version of The Electric Company. These new shows will join perennial Ready To Learn Initiative favorites Between the Lions, Sesame Street, SUPER WHY, and WordWorld.

PBS KIDS: Raising Readers