EDC to Lead Studies of Next Phase of CPB and PBS Ready To Learn-Funded Initiative

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As part of a new, multi-million dollar Ready To Learn grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and improvement, EDC will lead the program of research on the next phase of the CPB's and PBS’ innovative media initiative to support the learning needs of children in low-income communities. Building upon CPB and PBS’s “decades of success in developing and distributing content and resources proven to meet the critical school readiness needs of America’s children,” the grant will support CPB's and PBS' work to improve science and literacy learning outcomes for young children, especially those from low-income families, and prepare them for success in school and in life. EDC will lead a consortium of research partners that includes SRI, Rockman et al., and the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, & Student Testing. Key dissemination partners will include the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and New America.

For almost 10 years, EDC and its partner SRI have conducted summative evaluations to measure children’s learning outcomes under Ready To Learn (view all of our Ready To Learn studies and reports). In the earliest phase of this research, the EDC/SRI team conducted the first large-scale, RCT study—an evaluation of technology-rich, literacy-focused supplemental classroom materials—recognized by the What Works Clearinghouse to result in positive early reading outcomes for 4-year-olds from low-income families. Most recently, the team conducted an RCT to investigate whether a PBS KIDS “transmedia” mathematics curriculum—video, interactive online games, mobile apps, and interactive whiteboard apps—implemented by teachers in early learning centers could positively affect the mathematics skills of young children ages 2–8, especially those living in poverty. Findings from this study indicated that children learned significantly more math, and teachers expressed greater comfort with technology and more confidence in their math teaching.

Last Updated: September 2015