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The signature early childhood education program of the VPM.

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About VPM PBS KIDS®

PBS KIDS® is an industry leader in using the power of media to prepare young kids for success in school. Ready To Learn®, the signature early childhood education program of VPM, was designed by PBS in 1995 in response to a concern that our nation’s children were not going into kindergarten prepared for success in schools. Studies show that if a child is not reading on grade level by the 3rd grade, he or she will never catch up. Furthermore, 3rd-grade literacy rates are directly tied to high school dropout rates, which are the most cited predictors of crime, poverty and reliance on social services.

With the mission to prepare children for early success in school, Ready To Learn® is available to help all children ages 2-8, with a focus on supporting low-income families to close pre-K–12 achievement gaps. The primary goals of the program are to:

- Encourage regular, on-time school attendance

- Help develop literacy, science, technology, engineering, math (STEM), healthy living and social skills

- Give early learning providers excellent, low-cost professional development

- Empower parents with knowledge and tools to help their children avoid the “summer slide”