A Ready to Learn grant will be given to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS for nearly $72 million from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement. CPB and PBS applied for the grant in order to fund research, development and deployment of transmedia content for American children aged two to eight to improve their math and literacy skills. The grant gives CPB and PBS almost $15 million a year for five years, and gives the two organizations the chance to provide educational resources for children with the highest need to close the gap in math and reading skills. CPB and PBS will work on the project with local PBS stations, PBS KIDS producers and education groups including the School of Education at Boston University, the Chicago Public Schools’ Virtual Pre-K and Virtual K programs, the National Summer Learning Association, Creative Commons and the Collaborative for Building After-School Systems.
- Summit ’17