PBS KIDS Ready To Learn

Through the Ready To Learn (RTL) Initiative, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), PBS, and WFYI are developing free, evidence-based educational resources that help teachers, caregivers and parents build early science and literacy skills for America’s children, especially those from low-income communities. This U.S. Department of Education-funded initiative introduces children to key STEM concepts early, which better prepares them for school and boosts their long-term education opportunities.

To address this need, PBS and CPB have partnered to develop rich, multi-platform media in the form of videos, games and apps, and hands-on activities based around PBS KIDS programming, targeting students ages 2-8.


As a part of the Ready To Learn grant, CPB and PBS are working with experts in early learning to create science and literacy-based video content, mobile apps and online games.

Ready to Learn curriculum draws from popular PBS KIDS programs, including Odd SquadThe Ruff Ruffman Show, and The Cat in The Hat Knows a Lot About That! to create personalized learning experiences for children. Curriculum also utilizes PBS KIDS science learning apps, such as PBS KIDS Scratch Jr. and PBS KIDS Play and Learn Science.

As the grant progresses, new content will become available including Ready Jet Go! curriculum. In addition, two new properties are being piloted which focus on literacy and science, so stay tuned.

Community Collaborative

WFYI is working as a part of a local Community Collaborative for Early Learning Media (CC-ELM) to implement the Ready to Learn curriculum. This innovative model of community engagement is designed to extend the reach and impact of Ready to Learn content in low-income communities. Networks of partners will work together to give children ages two to eight a stronger foundation in early science and literacy learning.


WFYI's CCELM Ready To Learn work is centered in and around Warren Township. Our CC-ELM partners include:

Educational Resouces:

PBS LearningMedia: Ready to Learn
PBS Kids Apps

Want to learn more?

To learn more about WFYI's Ready to Learn work, contact Gail Thomas Strong, gstrong@wfyi.org, (317) 636-2020.