Ready to Learn Television

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CFDA Number: 84.295
Program Type: Cooperative Agreements, Discretionary/Competitive Grants
Also Known As: Ready-to-Learn TV

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CPB/PBS Release Summary Research Report

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and PBS have released a report entitled "Findings from Ready to Learn 2005-2010" that summarizes the results of independent research conducted under grant funding from the Ready to Learn Television program. The results demonstrate that using combinations of well-designed educational media, including television, websites, and other digital platforms, can be effective in improving literacy skills among low income children, ages 2-8. To access the report, please visit: disclaimer Disclaimer

Press Release Announcing 2010 Awards

List of Highly Rated Applications to the 2010 competition. The attached Excel spreadsheet identifies the scores of the highest rated applications that were submitted to the Ready to Learn Television competition in June 2010: (see attached Excel file download files MS Excel). The competition used a two-tier review process in which the applications that scored the highest against the program’s general review criteria (100 points possible) were advanced to a second tier in which their responses to the program’s competitive preference priority on research was scored (20 points possible) by experts in research/evaluation. The final ranking was determined by adding these two scores (120 points possible). Of the 38 eligible applications submitted to the competition, 15 advanced to tier two (all of which are shown in the spreadsheet), and the top 3 of these applications eventually received funding.

Program Description

Ready to Learn Television supports the development of educational television and digital media targeted at preschool and early 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 outreach, and research on educational effectiveness.

Types of Projects

In FY 2010, this program featured three new emphases: 1) applicants were invited to submit proposals for the development of innovative transmedia programming – that is, the use of television and other media such as the internet, mobile devices, games, and print in interconnected ways; 2) applicants were invited to develop programming in reading and/or mathematics that would be designed to increase the literacy and/or numeracy skills of low-income children ages two to eight years old; and 3) support for programming and outreach, which had been split into separate competitions in 2005, was merged so that grantees would be creating outreach activities in support of their own programming efforts.

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Last Modified: 11/18/2014