Getting Ready to Learn describes how educational media have and are continuing to play a role in meeting the learning needs of children, parents, and teachers. Based on years of meaningful data from the CPB-PBS Ready To Learn Initiative, chapters explore how to develop engaging, playful, and developmentally appropriate content. From Emmy-Award-winning series to randomized controlled trials, this book covers the media production, scholarly research and technological advances surrounding some of the country’s most beloved programming.

chapter 1|15 pages

Ready To Learn and Public Media

Improving Early Learning Outcomes for America’s Children
ByDavid Lowenstein, Pamela Johnson, Michael Fragale

chapter 2|11 pages

From Mission to Screens

The PBS KIDS Approach to Content
BySara DeWitt, Linda Simensky

chapter 3|18 pages

Using Media to Foster Parent Engagement

ByMegan Silander, Elisa Garcia

chapter 4|16 pages

Building Learning Pathways and Community for Early Childhood Educators

ByLori Brittain, Jean Crawford, Sara Schapiro, Jeanne R. Paratore, Alejandra Salinas, Lisa O’Brien, Sarah Blodgett

chapter 5|14 pages

When Creativity + Collaboration = Success

The Making of Peg + Cat
ByKim Berglund

chapter 6|17 pages

Children’s Mathematical Thinking and Learning

The Importance of Study Design and Aligned Assessments in Promoting and Capturing Learning
ByDeborah Rosenfeld, Daisy Rutstein

chapter 7|14 pages

What Early Childhood Educators Need in Order to Use Digital Media Effectively

ByPhil Vahey, Regan Vidiksis, Jaime Gutierrez

chapter 8|12 pages

Curation and Mediation

Essential Ingredients When Supporting Children’s Learning
BySavitha Moorthy, Ximena Domínguez

chapter 9|17 pages

Preschoolers Learn To Think and Act Like Scientists with The Cat in the Hat

BySara S. Sweetman, Lawrence S. Mirkin, Anne E. Lund, Shannon K. Bishop

chapter 10|15 pages

Science Takes Center Stage

Design Principles to Support Young Children’s Science Learning with Media
ByMarion Goldstein, Claire Christensen, Sarah Gerard, Megan Silander

chapter 11|13 pages

Permission to Speak

How Educational Media Can Start and Extend Dialogue for Kids and Adults
ByNaomi Hupert, Alexandra Adair

chapter 12|16 pages

Informational Text Adventures with Molly of Denali

ByNell K. Duke, Carol Greenwald, Anne E. Lund

chapter 13|17 pages

Building Community Partnerships to Support Family Learning

ByAaron Morris, Devon Steven, Kea Anderson

chapter 14|16 pages

How Ready To Learn Is Bringing Inclusive Design to PBS KIDS

ByJennifer Rodriguez, Michael Conn-Powers

chapter 15|19 pages

Adaptive and Personalized Educational Games for Young Children

A Case Study
ByJennifer Rodriguez, Dylan Arena, Jeremy D. Roberts

chapter 16|18 pages

Innovations in Evidence and Analysis

The PBS KIDS Learning Analytics Platform and the Research it Supports
ByJeremy D. Roberts, Charles B. Parks, Gregory K. W. K. Chung, Elizabeth J. K. H. Redman, Katerina Schenke, Cosimo Felline