Ready to Learn

For the past 20 years, PBS and CPB have been partners in a Ready To Learn Initiative that brings educational television and digital media resources to children ages 2-8. Its goal is to promote early learning and school readiness, with an emphasis on supporting children from low-income, underserved communities.

WQED is using this Ready to Learn grant to enhance programs servicing the South Hills of Pittsburgh, where suburban poverty is on the rise and is also home to the largest refugee population in Allegheny County. A STEAM and Literacy after-school program and a Pre-K Transition Program will be implemented in schools to reach disadvantaged students in an out-of-school setting. WQED is also partnering with South Hills Interfaith Movement (SHIM) to work with Abraham Lincoln School District to create a community garden. The garden will enhance STEAM class content, provide produce for SHIM’s food pantry, and provide families an opportunity to learn science and community building together. Community libraries have been given resources and materials from WQED to incorporate PBS Kids and RTL content into their programs and to take those resources into the community to help underserved families.

If you are interested in any of these programs email us at with the subject: Ready To Learn - "Name of program"  or call 412-622-1377


See a Community Garden program at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School in Bethel Park that was featured on WQED's production of iQ: Smartparent Episode 601!

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