NET Ready To Learn Fremont Is Nov. 14

News Release Date: 
October 31, 2013

NET Ready To Learn-Fremont Is November 14

LINCOLN, Neb. (Oct. 31, 2013) -- All Fremont area preschool children ages 3-5 and their families are invited to NET Ready To Learn-Fremont. This free public event begins at 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14 at the Midland University Event Center/Hopkins Arena, 700 E 10th St., Fremont, Neb.

Princess Presto and Super Why, two stars of the PBS children’s series “Super Why!”, will be on hand to greet children and pose for pictures. The characters are super readers who use books to help solve the problems preschoolers encounter and help home viewers learn.

NET Ready To Learn-Fremont will feature ten interactive educational stations that families will visit in sequence. Stations will host a mobile app based on a PBS Kids series -- including “Daniel Tiger”; “Super Why!”; “Dinosaur Train”; “Word World”; “Cat in the Hat”; “Sid the Science Kid”; “Peg + Cat”; “Martha Speaks”; and “Wild Kratts.” Another interactive station, NET Transmedia Lab, will show parents how to use the apps for optimum learning and fun.

Snacks and goodie bags will be available for participants. Parents are encouraged to bring their own cameras and mobile devices to photograph their children with the PBS characters. Attendees who bring their mobile devices will also receive free download codes for specific PBS mobile applications. NET will videotape some of the activities for possible use in future NET Ready To Learn promotion spots. 

Ready To Learn is a coordinated educational experience that connects concepts learned in preschool, school, after school, summer programs and at home to strengthen children’s math and literacy skills. Ready To Learn is a national partnership between the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Public Broadcasting System under the U.S. Department of Education Ready To Learn grant.

NET Learning Services and the State Department of Education/Office of Early Childhood/Head Start-State Collaboration Office are partnering in piloting Ready To Learn in Nebraska. Fremont is just the second Nebraska community to participate, following a Ready To Learn kick-off in Auburn in April 2013.

Ready To Learn activities and media were created by children’s media producers and technology developers to provide high-quality, non-commercial, age-appropriate, educational content for 2-8 year olds that supports math and literacy learning across a range of technologies. The content builds on the appeal and impact of PBS Kids characters and stories across a variety of platforms such as interactive videos, games, TV programs, online and mobile apps. The activities are mapped to national and common core standards and have proven to be effective learning tools.

“These types of activities have been proven to help offset learning gaps, especially for at-risk children,” said Marthaellen Florence, director of NET Community Engagement and Educational Outreach. She is spearheading the project for NET Learning Services.

Eleanor Shirley-Kirkland, director, at the Nebraska Department of Education, Office of Early Childhood, said that nationally, Ready To Learn has been shown to be an effective tool to support children and their families in preparing for school success.

“We are excited to see the results of community-wide implementation here in Fremont, and to work together in this effort with the Head Start-State Collaboration Office, NET and selected community partners,” Kirkland said.

Stephanie Knust, director of Dodge County Head Start, said she is pleased to be working with the Department of Education and NET Learning Services to bring these math and literacy concepts to children in the Fremont area. “Through the work of the Fremont Early Childhood Coalition, the community has a proven commitment to promoting school readiness,” she said. “An event like this helps reach out to even more children.” 

Ongoing Ready To Learn activities will continue in Fremont through 2015.  NET Learning Services is a service of NET.  For more information on NET, visit


CONTACTS: Marthaellen Florence, NET Community Outreach director, (402) 470-6603 or ;

Stephnie Knust, Director of Dodge County Head Start, (402) 721-9022,; Eleanor Shirley-Kirkland,  Director, at the Nebraska Department of Education/Office of Early Childhood, (402) 471-3501 or

RELEASE WRITTEN BY: Gary Brienzo, (402) 470-6578, or