Ready to Learn
For the past 20 years, PBS and CPB have been partners in a Ready To Learn Initiative that brings educational television and digital media resources to children ages 2-8. Its goal is to promote early learning and school readiness, with an emphasis on supporting children from low-income, underserved communities.
WQED is using this Ready to Learn grant to enhance programs servicing the South Hills of Pittsburgh, where suburban poverty is on the rise and is also home to the largest refugee population in Allegheny County. A STEAM and Literacy after-school program and a Pre-K Transition Program will be implemented in schools to reach disadvantaged students in an out-of-school setting. WQED is also partnering with South Hills Interfaith Movement (SHIM) to work with Abraham Lincoln School District to create a community garden. The garden will enhance STEAM class content, provide produce for SHIM’s food pantry, and provide families an opportunity to learn science and community building together. Community libraries have been given resources and materials from WQED to incorporate PBS Kids and RTL content into their programs and to take those resources into the community to help underserved families.
If you are interested in any of these programs email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: Ready To Learn - "Name of program" or call 412-622-1377
The PBS Scratch Jr was an incredible experience for myself and my daughter. We decided we would call it Mommy/Daughter coding time. Addie fell in love with coding and the idea that she was creating something that was all her own. It was like making actual coloring pages come to life. During our four sessions, Addie and I spent quality time together and always tried something new.
The program sessions, from start to finish, were very well organized. Addie and I looked forward to having dinner together and talking with other parents and students from her school. When it was time to split up (parents and children), it gave her a great sense of responsibility to be on her own and with her peers. For me, it was a great chance to hear from the teachers and discuss issues with other parents.
When it was time to do the coding, Addie loved sitting in what became our "special spot" on the floor. Together we would create a project and discuss ways to make it better.
The PBS Scratch Jr program was incredible and such a wonderful experience for my daughter and myself! Thank you so much!
Kristen M. Parent from McAnnulty Elementary School
PBSKIDS Scratch Jr