CPB and PBS Partner with 14 Stations to Extend Impact of Ready To Learn-Funded Early Childhood Education Resources and Content

14 Public Media Stations to Scale Up Engagement in Their States

April 30, 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 30, 2024) -- The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and PBS today announced partnerships with 14 public media stations to extend the impact of Ready To Learn-funded early childhood educational resources across their states. The 18-month contracts will allow the stations to work with partners to expand educator, parent, and caregiver trainings, as well as use digital media resources and hands-on learning activities from PBS KIDS, especially in underserved areas.

“Ready To Learn supports a network of local public media stations and community and statewide partners to connect families in underserved areas with quality educational resources,” said Debra Sanchez, CPB Senior Vice President, Educational Media and Learning Experiences. “These Ready To Learn resources are designed to equip the adults in children’s lives—educators, parents and caregivers—to more effectively engage young children and improve their school readiness.”

Through the Ready To Learn program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, CPB and PBS KIDS work with content producers, researchers, and other partners to develop, distribute, and evaluate multiplatform content to support the needs of America’s children. The content includes multiplatform series, short-form video, interactive games, mobile apps, and hands-on activities from PBS KIDS programs such as “Lyla in the Loop,” “Molly of Denali,” and “Work It Out Wombats!”

“PBS KIDS content and resources developed through the Ready To Learn Initiative have helped children, parents, caregivers, and teachers support our country’s youngest learners, setting them up for success in school, work, and life,” said Sara DeWitt, Senior Vice President & General Manager, PBS KIDS. “Through these additional partnerships, stations will be able to raise awareness to enable more families to access and use these free PBS KIDS resources.”

As part of this grant, public media stations ac ross the country are working with community partners to develop Learning Neighborhoods, which foster a community-wide culture of learning at home, in the neighborhood, and within local systems and spaces. The state projects will scale this work, joining six other stations who began similar work in their states in 2022-23: PBS SoCal, California; WFSU-Tallahassee, Florida; WXXI, Rochester, New York; Austin PBS, Texas; Maryland Public Television; and PBS Wisconsin.

Over the next six months, the 14 stations each will receive $12,000 to develop action plans with state-level partners to extend the reach of Ready To Learn-funded educational resources, especially in low-income areas. They will attend virtual meetings with the other stations in the cohort to exchange ideas and learn with and from one another. Upon approval of funding for the 2024-25, stations will receive additional funding to implement their plans with state-reaching partners, which may include state Departments of Education, childcare referral agencies, library systems, universities, and others.

The 14 stations are:

  • Arizona PBS
  • Georgia Public Broadcasting
  • Idaho Public Television
  • Ideastream Public Media (Cleveland, OH)
  • Iowa PBS
  • KBTC (Tacoma, WA)
  • Kentucky Educational Television
  • Louisiana Public Broadcasting
  • Nebraska Public Media
  • PBS North Carolina
  • Rhode Island PBS
  • South Carolina Educational Television Commission
  • WCTE/Central Tennessee PBS (Cookeville, TN)
  • WQED (Pittsburgh, PA)


About CPB
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PBS KIDS believes the world is full of possibilities, and so is every child. As the number one educational media brand for kids, PBS KIDS helps children ages 2-8 learn lessons that last a lifetime. Through media and community-based programs, PBS KIDS wants children to see themselves uniquely reflected and celebrated in lovable, diverse characters who serve as positive role models, and to explore their feelings and discover new adventures along the way. Families can stream PBS KIDS for free anytime, no subscription required. A large collection of mobile apps and pbskids.org provide accessible content that spark kids’ curiosity. PBS KIDS and local stations across the country support the entire ecosystem in which children learn and grow – including their teachers and caregivers, parents, and community – providing resources accessible anytime and anywhere. For more information, visit pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on X (formerly Twitter), Facebook and Instagram.


About The Ready To Learn Initiative
The Ready To Learn Initiative is a cooperative agreement funded and managed by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. It supports the development of innovative educational television and digital media targeted at preschool and arly elementary school children and their families. Its general goal is to promote early learning and school readiness, with a particular interest in reaching low-income children. In addition to creating television and other media products, the program supports activities intended to promote national distribution of the programming, effective educational uses of the programming, community-based out
reach, and research on educational effectiveness.


Media Contacts:
CPB | Tracey Briggs | tbriggs@cpb.org
PBS | Kayla Springer | pbskidspr@pbs.org

The contents of this release were developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. The project is funded by a Ready To Learn grant (PR/Award No. S295A200004, CFDA No. 84.295A) provided by the Department of Education to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.