The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS Commend Congress, U.S. Department of Education for Continued Funding of Ready To Learn

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Washington, D.C. (May 16, 2011) – The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and PBS today expressed appreciation to Congress and the U.S. Department of Education for providing $27.3 million in continued funding for Ready To Learn, an initiative to help public television stations develop new educational resources on-air, online and on the ground that provide young children – especially those from low-income backgrounds – with the fundamental reading and math skills necessary for success in school.

"For more than forty years, public media has worked to engage and educate our country's children," said Patricia Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  "Research proves that content developed through the Ready To Learn program – such as Super WHY, Martha Speaks and Between the Lions, as well as interactive games and community resources – is critical to closing the achievement gap, particularly among those with the highest need.  Funding for Ready To Learn will ensure the next generation of children have access to engaging learning experiences that will prepare them for success in school and in life."

“As technology continues to evolve, so does the PBS mission to harness the power of media for the public good,” said PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger. “Ready To Learn’s innovative blend of curriculum-based media across many platforms -- including TV, online, mobile and more -- combined with community engagement and teacher training helps children across the nation, even those who can’t attend preschool, build the fundamental math and literacy skills they need. We are tremendously grateful to the Administration, the Department of Education and Members of Congress for their investment in this initiative.”

About CPB

CPB is a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967 and is steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of nearly 1,300 locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services.

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PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for children, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online and community-based programs.  Each quarter, more than 27 million children watch PBS KIDS on TV, and PBSKIDS.org, the number one kids’ entertainment site for free video streaming, attracts more than 9.5 million unique visitors per month (Nielsen, NTI Q42010; comScore Video Metrix; Google Analytics). For more information on specific PBS KIDS programs supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit PBS.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.