VPM Early Childhood Education

VPM Early Childhood Education

Thank You Early Care Teachers!

VPM appreciates you and the work you do every day for the children and families in our communities.

PBS Parents
Explore parent and caregiver resources. Find parenting tips, hands-on activities, games, and apps

PBS Kids
Educational games, videos and apps from PBS KIDS shows. Watch shows on LIVE TV 24/7

PBS Learning Media
VPM and PBS have curated FREE, standards -aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, for educators

Sesame Street
Videos, playful learning activities, and ways to help families stay physically and mentally healthy

Partners and Initiatives

The BasicsThe Basics are five fun, simple, and powerful ways that every family can give every child a great start in life. VPM, in partnership with RVA Basics, offers parents, care-givers, and educators ways to incorporate the Basics into your child’s life. Explore these videos and resources.
Smart BeginingsSmart Beginnings is a coalition of public and private organizations, business and citizens working together to ensure that the region’s children enter school healthy, well-cared for, and ready to succeed in school and in life.
Early Learning ChampionsEarly Learning Champions – Established in 2018, this awards program recognizes committed educators who work with young children, from infants to second graders, and offers a variety of community building, leadership and professional learning opportunities provided by VPM and PBS KIDS.
EdcampEdcamp – This “unconference” provides an alternative model of professional development, an opportunity for educators to work together to provide free, participant-driven professional development in a conversational format.
Market 25thVPM PBS KIDS is proud to be part of The Market at 25th community. Our goal is to provide fun and educational child and family engagement opportunities with resources and activities anchored by the trusted PBS KIDS.

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 helps parents and caregivers celebrate how they can 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