Nebraska Ready To Learn

Dodge Co. Headstart Director Steph Knust

Watch this testimonial from Dodge Co. Head Start Director, Stephanie Knust, at Fremont's Ready To Learn event.

A new study found that the acquisition of essential early math skills increased significantly among pre-kindergarten children...

NET crew tapes Super Why & kids

Check out the photos from our November Fremont Ready To Learn event!

Peg + Cat
PBS Kids
Mon to Fri, 10AM & 3PM (CT) on NET1/HD

PBS Kids' new series "Peg + Cat" is a math adventure for 3 to 5-year-olds starring a spunky redheaded girl and her deep-...

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Preparing Children to be 21st Century Learners

 

Nebraska’s Ready To Learn Initiative seeks to enhance school readiness efforts and offset learning gaps.  Research indicates that children are better prepared for success in kindergarten when preschool teachers and families use the RTL resources.  RTL is a coordinated learning experience that connects concepts learned in school, after school, during summer programs, and in the home with the goal of strengthening children’s math and literacy skills.

Ready To Learn is an effective children’s media program (television, online activities, mobile game apps, events, etc.) targeted toward America’s most at-risk 2 to 8-year-olds, but is available to all families and children across the country. RTL’s high-quality transmedia content is unparalleled in its impact, value, and necessity.

  • RTL's free programming finds its largest audience in low-income households: Hispanic, African-American, and low-income homes represent a disproportionately higher percentage of PBS KIDS viewers and online visitors compared to their representation in the U.S. population.
  • Nebraska's poverty level was 16.3% in the 2009 U.S. Census, based on Federal Poverty Guidelines of children 8-years-old and under.
  • In 2012, about 6,000 children were enrolled in Head Start, Early Head Start, or American Indian Head Start in Nebraska.
 
  • 2/3 of America’s children are not reading at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.

  • Over 60% of all 4th graders are not proficient in math.
These statistics foreshadow
the more than 1 million kids
who drop out of high school
every year.

 

Positive Findings with Ready To Learn

 

Playing Ready To Learn educational games gave all children measurable gains in key literacy skills, but was more significant with low-income children. Preschoolers who participated in the PBS KIDS Raising Readers outscored their peers who did not participate in the curriculum on:

  • Knowing concepts of story and print (12% gain).
  • Recognizing letters in own name (7.4% gain).
  • Knowing sounds of letters (37% gain).
  • Naming letters (20.8% gain).

 

All PBS parent and teacher resources are translated into Spanish.

 

Watch this testimonial from Fremont's Ready To Learn Night.


Dodge County Head Start Director
Stephanie Knust

 

RTL News

A new study found that the acquisition of essential early math skills increased significantly among pre-kindergarten children from economically disadvantaged communities who participated in a 10-week PBS KIDS Transmedia Math... more››
NET Learning Services and NE Depart. of Education/Office of Early Childhood partnered with Fremont Early Childhood Coalition and Dodge County Head Start for this Nebraska Ready To Learn community event.  Free mobile game apps,... more››
Peg + Cat
PBS Kids
Mon to Fri, 10AM & 3PM (CT) on NET1/HD
PBS Kids' new series "Peg + Cat" is a math adventure for 3 to 5-year-olds starring a spunky redheaded girl and her deep-voiced cat. Check out the online games and apps!