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Overview of Ready To Learn

The core of Ready To Learn is a full day of non-violent, commercial-free, educational children's television programming broadcast free of charge to every American household. The daily broadcast includes award-winning programs such as Arthur, Dragon Tales, Clifford, and Between the Lions.

Ready To Learn also provides extensive outreach services to the local area. These services include workshops for parents, childcare providers and other early childhood professionals and distribution of children's books.Ready To Learn is funded by a Ready To Learn Television Cooperative Agreement from the U.S. Department of Education through the Public Broadcasting Service.

Children's Program Schedule
Idaho Public Television broadcasts 56 hours every week of high-quality, educational children's programs. Click here to see the daily children's lineup.

Children and Television
Second only to parents, television is the young child's most influential teacher. Nothing else in our culture can match television's ability to influence how children learn, think and act. Given the power of television, young children need adults to help them become wise television users. Many studies show that with selective viewing, television can contribute richly to school readiness. To help children get the most from the TV they watch parents must take responsibility to supervise and guide their children's TV viewing. Become pro-active about your television viewing habits by selecting programming to watch together as a family. From our Ready to Learn programs for children to our prime time programming that enriches and inspires - there is something for everyone!

Workshops for Parents, Teachers, and Caregivers
Idaho Public Television offers a variety workshops for parents, teachers and child care providers designed to illustrate how the Ready to Learn children's programs can be used to build literacy skills and enhance social growth. Click here to see a list of workshops available and the current schedule.

Reading Rockets
Reading Rockets provides information for teachers and parents about how to teach children to read and how to help struggling readers. Each month there are new articles that provide information and strategies to use at home and in the classroom!

Exploring New Books
Visiting your local library is a great way to develop a love of reading in your children. Before you head out to the library, you can see if your library has the book you want! The Idaho State Library (LILI) has a great website with a searchable database to locate specific booktitles or authors. You can search the whole database and also link to your local library databases!

Idaho Child
Idaho Child is a gateway to children's services and information sponsored by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

Early Childhood Mathematics
Like learning to read, the foundations for learning about mathematics begin in the early years. Recognizing the importance of the early years as math learning years, NAEYC and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) have developed recommendations for teachers, teacher educators, program developers, and policymakers to improve curriculum and teaching for children three to six years of age. The joint position statement, "Early Childhood Mathematics: Promoting Good Beginnings" is available on the NAEYC website.

On-air Educational Messages
Messages for children related to reading and learning are promoted through non-commercial video breaks aired between PBS Kids television programs.

Colorin Colorado
The first major, comprehensive bilingual literacy site, ColorinColorado is meant to help parents get their children ready to succeed in school with activities, information and advice on turning children into confident readers.

Ready To Learn Contact Information

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208-885-1226 | 800-424-1226


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