New Report: Public Media's Role in Promoting Equitable Access to High-Quality Early Learning

Role of public media in promoting equitable access to high-quality early learnin

In an illuminating new report, EDC and SRI share progress and potential leverage points in using educational media and community engagement to enhance the school readiness and success of children living in low-income households. As the summative evaluation partner to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and PBS, EDC and SRI have measured children’s learning outcomes under Ready To Learn (RTL) for a decade. Authored by Shelley Pasnik, Carlin Llorente, Naomi Hupert, and Savitha Moorthy, the report, Reflections on the Ready to Learn Initiative, 2010 to 2015, draws upon interviews with 26 prominent children’s media researchers, producers, and thought leaders and a review of scholarly articles and reports to provide a big picture view of the status and future directions of children’s media.

The authors' survey of the landscape of children’s media revealed that many interviewees were united in calling for an increased commitment to equity and to supporting families and communities in fostering young children's early learning and healthy development. They point to a “need to be bold when thinking about innovation, to be inclusive and informed when defining efforts to reach a broad audience, and to build on what public media offers, including the opportunity to do things differently and without the pressure of commercial interests influencing how and what is developed.”
During an April 14 U.S. Department of Education policy briefing, Pasnik, an EDC Vice President and Director of EDC’s Center for Children & Technology, will share highlights from the new report, as well as findings from the recent RTL report, Supporting Parent-Child Experiences with PEG+CAT Early Math Concepts. On April 9 and 12, the EDC and SRI team presented RTL findings during two symposia at the American Educational Research Association’s Centennial Annual Meeting.
Last updated: April 2016