VPM Early Childhood Education
Partners and Initiatives
About VPM Early Childhood Education
Since 1996, Ready To Learn, now VPM Early Childhood Education, has been the signature early childhood education initiative of Virginia’s home for Public Media. The PBS KIDS ® national program invests millions of dollars annually to create high-quality resources to prepare children for school and in life.
More than 40 percent of all children do not have access to high-quality preschool, and 90 percent of brain development takes place before the age of five. VPM Early Childhood Education works to surmount these challenges by providing information and free, accessible PBS KIDS® resources to the community. The program empowers parents and caregivers to be their children’s first teachers at this critical time in their development.
Goals to Support Learning in School and in Life
- • Empower parents, educators, and caregivers with PBS KIDS® tools to help develop social- emotional, literacy, STEM, and healthy living skills in children ages 0-8 at home
- • Provide special attention to families in our community facing the greatest educational challenges
- • Inform our community about the importance of brain development, quality interactions, school attendance and summer learning