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Publications

In addition to conveying the findings of our Ready To Learn studies in reports and in papers presented at conferences, we have written about this work in articles for peer-reviewed research journals and on blogs for nationally recognized early childhood and educational media organizations.

The 74 (Jan. 2020)

Can Screen Time Help Kids Learn STEM? Study of 454 Young Children & Digital Media Says Yes. Here Are 4 Takeaways. Blog post by Shelley Pasnik.

EDC Innovations (Dec. 2019)

What the Tech: Can Tech Help Kids Make Sense of their World? Blog post by Naomi Hupert and Megan Silander.

Early Childhood Research Quarterly (ECRQ) 2019

A curriculum supplement that integrates transmedia to promote early math learning: A randomized controlled trial of a PBS KIDS intervention. Article by Deborah Rosenfeld, Ximena Dominguez, Carlin Llorente, Shelley Pasnik, Savitha Moorthy, Naomi Hupert, Sarah Gerard, and Regan Vidiksis.

Global Family Research Project (Sept. 2018)

Supporting Parents to Support Science. Article by Breniel Lemley, Claire Christensen, and Cindy Hoisington.

Education Week (July 2018)

Children are Naturally Curious About Science. Why Don't We Nurture That? Commentary by Naomi Hupert.

Sesame Workshop/Joan Ganz Cooney Center Blog (July 2018)

Why Does the Rain Fall Down Instead of Up? How parents support science learning, and how media can help. Blog post by Claire Christensen, Megan Silander, Tiffany Maxon, and Jaime Gutierrez.

NAEYC Blog (July 2018)

Promoting Children's Science Learning One Step at a Time. Blog post by Alexandra Adair and Cindy Hoisington.

NSTA Blog (March 2018)

What Parents Talk About When They Talk About Learning: A national survey about young children and science. Blog post by Cindy Hoisington.

Early Childhood Research Quarterly (ECRQ) 2012

This article reports on a study investigating whether a curriculum supplement organized as a sequence of teacher-led literacy activities using digital content from public educational television programs can improve early literacy outcomes of low-income preschoolers. Positive outcomes were found on children's ability to recognize letters, sounds of letters and initial sounds of words, and on children's concepts of story and print.

International Conference on the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2010

This paper reports on a study that explored the impact of a curriculum integrating hands-on activities with digital content from two public television shows aimed at introducing preschoolers to science. Results indicated that the science curriculum had a positive impact on caregivers’ reports of children's talk about science, and suggests the potential for this and other media-rich curricula to introduce preschoolers to science.

What Works Clearinghouse

This is an overview of the literacy randomized controlled trial written about in the ECRQ paper, above, and gives the approval of the Institute of Education Sciences’ What Works Clearinghouse.