PBS KIDS Utah’s education initiative is in its 26th year, and the PBS Ready To Learn content has been implemented by PBS KIDS Utah since its inception in 2005. Ready To Learn uses award-winning, evidence-based PBS Kids programs as a springboard to strengthen families, increase parental involvement, and encourage early literacy through educational programs and community activities.
PBS KIDS Utah has long played a critical role in educating Utah’s children, particularly Utah’s low-income and underserved children, helping them start school ready to learn and more likely to experience academic success. For more than two decades tens of thousands of Utah children and families have benefited from PBS KIDS Utah's early childhood educational television programs, educational resources, and community engagement activities.
The Mobile Education Labs travels to three different schools each week during the school year as part of the Ready To Learn Family Learning Nights.
These Rural Mini Reading Marathons are held throughout the state and provide access to this important early literacy initiative.
PBS KIDS Utah Family Learning Nights reach 14,500+ low-income children and parents/caregivers.
The Reading Marathon encourages children to read 20 minutes each day during the month of November.
The Annual PBS KIDS Utah Writers and Illustrators Contest is a statewide program encouraging children grades kindergarten through sixth to become writers and illustrators.
Ready To Learn History/Background
Ready To Learn began in 2005 as a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Department of Education, CPB, PBS, Ready To Learn Partnership, and PBS member public television stations nationwide, such as PBS KIDS Utah. The initiation of Ready To Learn was supported by scientifically-based research regarding the most effective ways for kids to build reading skills, with a special emphasis on the needs of children from low-income families. PBS KIDS Utah, as a PBS member public television station, developed its own community-focused curriculum and content utilizing PBS’s traditional television, online resources, and emerging interactive media as an entry point of engagement for the community. PBS KIDS Utah’s Ready To Learn hands on activities and learning curriculum is unique to the station and supported entirely by a broad base of community minded individuals, foundations, and corporation.
Ready to Learn Initiative is brought to you by the following:
Beesley Family Foundation
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter‐day Saints Foundation
Emma Eccles Jones Foundation
George Q. Morris Foundation
Henry W. and Leslie M. Eskuche Foundation
Herbert L. and Elsa B. Michael Foundation
Lawrence T. & Janet T. Dee Foundation
Nancy Eccles & Homer M. Hayward Family Foundation in honor of Cleone Peterson Eccles
R. Harold Burton Foundation
Ruth Eleanor Bamberger and John Ernest Bamberger Memorial Foundation
Utah Medical Association Foundation
Western Digital Corporation Fund