Higher Literacy Scores

Today, nearly half of America’s children are not prepared to succeed when they enter kindergarten. Research shows that children living in poverty enter kindergarten at an especially high disadvantage, particularly in literacy skills. To address this national problem, PBS partnered with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to launch PBS KIDS Raising Readers, a national initiative that helps build literacy skills by surrounding kids with multimedia content, while simultaneously providing resources and training for teachers to support their students’ learning. A study conducted by the Education Development Center Inc. and SRI International found that preschoolers from low-income communities who participated in the PBS KIDS Raising Readers curriculum outscored their peers who did not participate in the curriculum on all tested measures of early literacy.