VPM Educational Initiatives

toddler reading bookVPM Early Childhood Education

Building Equity in 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.

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.


kid with magnifying glassScience Matters

A VPM initiative to inspire our community to value science and understand its importance to our future.
Science Matters is a multi-media educational initiative of VPM. Through our “big loud voice” of Radio, Television and the Web, we strive to inspire our community to value science and to understand its importance to our future. We couple excellent national PBS and NPR content with compelling locally produced segments which feature community partners involved in exciting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities in Virginia.


painted handHome Learning

Educator Informed Shows & Resources on VPM
On VPM, there are many ways to keep learning from home. Explore the channels, shows and activities designed by educators for students of all ages.