Since 2006, EDC’s Center for Children & Technology and SRI International have conducted research and evaluation studies to measure children’s learning outcomes under the Ready To Learn initiative. This initiative, supported by the US Department of Education, has allowed the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS to develop media-rich literacy and math learning resources for young children, with the goal of improving school readiness among preschoolers in high-need communities. Our context studies have examined how technology and transmedia are incorporated into children’s homes and classrooms, and our large-scale randomized controlled trials have measured the efficacy of public media in supporting children’s learning.
Prekindergarten Transmedia Mathematics Study Report
Our most recent study examined whether a PBS KIDS transmedia mathematics curriculum implemented by teachers in early learning centers could positively affect children’s math skills. The study found that to be the case—children learned significantly more math, and teachers expressed both greater comfort with technology and more confidence in their math teaching.