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ERIC Number: ED567881
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr-1
Pages: 36
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
Reflections on the Ready to Learn Initiative 2010 to 2015: How a Federal Program in Partnership with Public Media Supported Young Children's Equitable Learning during a Time of Great Change
Pasnik, Shelley; Llorente, Carlin; Hupert, Naomi; Moorthy, Savitha
Education Development Center, Inc.
"Reflections on the Ready to Learn Initiative, 2010 to 2015," draws upon interviews with 26 prominent children's media researchers, producers, and thought leaders and a review of scholarly articles and reports to provide a big picture view of the status and future directions of children's media. In this illuminating report, EDC and SRI share progress and potential leverage points in using educational media and community engagement to enhance the school readiness and success of children living in low-income households. As the summative evaluation partner to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and PBS, EDC and SRI have measured children's learning outcomes under Ready To Learn (RTL) for a decade. The authors' survey of the landscape of children's media revealed that many interviewees were united in calling for an increased commitment to equity and to supporting families and communities in fostering young children's early learning and healthy development. They point to a "need to be bold when thinking about innovation, to be inclusive and informed when defining efforts to reach a broad audience, and to build on what public media offers, including the opportunity to do things differently and without the pressure of commercial interests influencing how and what is developed." A list of interviewees is appended.
Education Development Center, Inc. 55 Chapel Street, Newton, MA 02458-1060. Tel: 617-969-7100; Fax: 617-969-5979; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, Inc., Center for Children and Technology; SRI International
IES Grant or Contract Numbers: U295A100025