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Evaluation of the Ready to Learn Initiative

SRI and its partner are building on a groundbreaking scientific study of how public media materials can help low-income preschoolers develop key early literacy skills.

Teacher watches educational video program with young students

From 2010 to 2015, SRI and the Education Development Center are measuring the impact of the U.S. Department of Education’s Ready to Learn transmedia program on children’s literacy and numeracy skills. Researchers are conducting a series of descriptive and experimental studies to chart the program’s implementation, identify strengths, and provide information to support continuous improvement.

The Ready to Learn initiative is producing and distributing transmedia content to improve the literacy and numeracy skills of economically disadvantaged children. By developing and deploying educational media products that are aligned with rigorous academic frameworks and scientifically based research, Ready To Learn partners hope to provide powerful learning experiences that take place across computers, tablets, cell phones, and other platforms, providing children with many opportunities to learn. 

Led by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Public Broadcasting System, this effort uses community-based implementation to support the vital work of families, teachers, and educators in serving children aged 2–8 through their preschool and afterschool programs.

Related Material

The Ready to Learn Initiative is referenced on page 8 of New America: Education Policy Program’s Policy Brief, “Envisioning a Digital Age Architecture for Early Education."

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Education Week, Nov 27, 2013

An SRI study of a math enrichment program featuring characters such as the Cat in the Hat and Curious George showed that the 10-week program boosted early math skills for 4- and 5-year-olds from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.