What is the Ready To Learn service?

PBS KIDS Ready To LearnThe Ready To Learn service is a nationwide effort using on-air, online, and print resources to help parents, caregivers, and early childhood educators prepare children for success in school. In January 1997, KNPB launched its Ready To Learn service in northern Nevada and northeastern California. This service was created especially for families and childcare providers — to help those who care for young children to encourage their natural curiosity and love of learning.

Hands-on Workshops:
Our Ready To Learn service offers free workshops for educators and community educational organizations. A short video clip, a read aloud, and fun hands-on activities are integrated into the workshops. For more information, contact Karen Karst-Hoskins at 775.682.7805 or karenh@knpb.org.

PBS Kids Writers Contest PBS KIDS Writers Contest:
Entries for the 2016 PBS KIDS Writers Contest will be accepted to the deadline on March 26, 2016. Congratulations to all our 2015 winners!  Click here to find out more about the contest and to view winners.

Why be involved?
KNPB is committed to serving children, families, and educators through free educational workshops, educational programming, free books, support materials for teachers and online resources.

Second only to parents, television is the most influential teacher in a young child’s life. Television can influence how a child learns, thinks, and acts. Young children need adults to help guide them to become smart media consumers. Selective viewing can contribute to school readiness. The Ready To Learn service seeks to help children get the most out of a program they watch.

Our Commitment:
Ready To Learn combines television designed to teach with community outreach and innovative educational materials. This exciting blend of television services builds on the wonderful PBS programs families know and trust – such as Sesame Street, Curious George and Dinosaur Train – through:
A daily broadcast of 9 hours of quality children’s educational programs targeting ages 2-12

Breaks between the programs that deliver non-commercial, educational messages to help children build the skills they need to become successful learners.

A series of free workshops for families and caregivers, focusing on intelligent television viewing and effective use of the television as an educational resource to extend learning through books and activities. Workshops are based on many of the PBS children’s programs, including Martha Speaks, Sid the Science Kid, Curious George, Wordgirl, Sesame Street and Dinosaur Train.

Provide related print resources for children, parents, and caregivers
Provide free books for children who might not otherwise have them
Create partnerships with national and local community organizations such as childcare centers, schools, libraries, businesses, civic groups, and governmental agencies.

Together these resources help families, caregivers, and early childhood educators in our community use KNPB to help meet the national education goal that all children will begin school “Ready To Learn.” Children who are Ready To Learn become adults who love to learn. The Ready To Learn service reaches out to children and families to help them begin the journey of lifelong learning.

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For more information, contact:
Karen Karst-Hoskins at karenh@knpb.org or 775.682.7805.

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