Wyoming PBS Ready to Learn Coordinator Penny Hotovec received the “Friend of the Children” award at the 31st Wyoming Early Childhood Association Fall Conference for her work with Wyoming PBS’ Ready to Learn program sponsored by BP America. Wyoming Early Childhood Association is committed to be the voice that advocates for unity, provides professional development, and support the early care and education communities to enrich the lives of children.
Wyoming PBS’s Ready to Learn initiative contributes toward one of our state’s most urgent educational goals: ensuring that our children begin school ready to learn.
The core of Ready to Learn is providing non-violent, commercial-free, educational children’s television programming seven hours per day to Wyoming households. This daily broadcast includes some of the most popular, award-winning and engaging programming available today: Arthur, Dragon Tales, Clifford, Between the Lions, Mr. Rogers and Sesame Street. Ready to Learn also provides extensive outreach services to parents, childcare providers and other early childhood professionals, free of charge.
How Ready to Learn “extends the reach” of PBS children’s programs:
- “Ready to Learn” initiatives extend learning beyond the TV screen — through books, websites, extra materials and activities.
- Nationally 875,000 parents and early childhood professionals have participated in over 21,000 community-based “Ready to Learn” workshops on using television wisely and preparing children to read. Ready to Learn coordinators across the country have distributed 2.5 million new books to children.
- In Wyoming, “Ready to Learn” is just beginning, but the mission is the same — to work with parents and childhood professionals to distribute books and provide training so that Wyoming children can be better prepared to enter school.
- Research shows that teens who have watched Sesame Street as children had better grades in school, read more books, had higher leves of achievement and expressed less aggressive attitudes than those who watched rarely or not at all.
- Recent studies have also shown that the PBS series Dragon Tales responds directly to helping children be more resilient to change, modeling the value of persisting at a task, helping kids to more goal-oriented and more likely to pursue challenging experiences.
- Arthur and Reading Rainbow encourage children to read — by recommending good books for kids, and showing children the fun of storytelling.
- Zooboomafu teaches children about animals and our natural world; again, studies show that kids who like and care about animals grow up to be caring, loving adults.
To learn more about the Wyoming PBS Ready to Learn program visit our website at http://www.wyomingpbs.org/readytolearn/
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The NAEYC Academy for Early Childhood Program Accreditation administers a national, voluntary accreditation system to help raise the quality of all types of preschools, kindergartens, and child care centers. See the NAEYC website for complete information.