WETA PBS Kids Ready To Learn program offers free workshops and resources to parents, child care providers, and teachers, aimed at helping them use television as an engaging literacy tool for children.

The project builds on the appeal and learning goals of PBS children’s programs that families know and trust, and helps to encourage children’s natural curiosity, reading skills, and love of learning. Over the past 23 years, WETA has presented more than 1,500 workshops, which have served more than 14,000 adults and reached more than 92,000 children in their care.

Components of WETA's Ready To Learn program include:

  • Free Ready To Learn workshops conducted in English and Spanish in cooperation with our Ready To Learn partners
  • The broadcast of quality educational and entertaining children's television programming every week on the WETA PBS Kids Channel
  • Non-commercial, educational breaks on-air to help children become successful learners
  • Free books for workshop participants and their families
Ready to learn reading

"The Ready To Learn program is all about empowerment. It gives parents and caregivers the confidence they need to take on the critical role of their children’s first teachers. One can only imagine the ripple effect that this training creates – the ripples can be felt throughout families, schools, and communities as those trained in turn teach others and new skill sets are created."

— Workshop participant

Positive impact

In April 2007, WETA conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness of the Ready To Learn program. The findings were overwhelmingly positive and concluded that the Ready To Learn program is generally having the desired results with its participants: parents and providers are reading more to their children, changing their children’s TV viewing habits for the better, and implementing the practices that they learned from the training.

Thank you to our funders

WETA PBS Kids Ready To Learn is made possible through the generous support of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation and The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation.

For more information

For more information about WETA's Ready To Learn program, please contact us.