EDC will continue its research and evaluation of the public media initiative Ready To Learn thanks to a new five-year, multimillion-dollar grant to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and PBS from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement.
With this new funding, EDC will lead a research team to investigate a variety of questions to guide CPB-PBS in creating and improving high quality resources for all children, including those in underserved communities. These resources will be accessible to children, families, and educators through the use of devices such as tablets, computers, and smartphones. The work will build on a foundation of studies and design efforts conducted by EDC that target early learning and digital media.
Other members of the team include SRI Education, Rockman et al, and UCLA’s CRESST. New America Foundation and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center will help to distribute Ready To Learn research findings and to discuss the findings in national conversations about media and early learning.
“Our work on Ready To Learn supports the idea that children living in traditionally under-resourced communities can become better prepared for kindergarten,” said Shelley Pasnik, vice president and director of EDC’s Center for Children and Technology.
Read the announcement from CPB and PBS.