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What is Ready to Learn?

Thirteen/WNET's Ready To Learn service provides parents, teachers and caregivers in New York's Tri-state area with public television resources that help children develop a lifelong love of learning. Thirteen builds partnerships with community organizations, childcare networks, schools, libraries, and government agencies.

To Thirteen's Ready to Learn service helps parents, teachers, and other caregivers in the Tri-state area use public television resources to help children develop a lifelong love of learning. Thirteen builds partnerships with community organizations such as child care centers, schools, libraries, museums, businesses and the New York City Department of Education. To extend the educational impact of public television "beyond the screen," Thirteen:
  • Broadcasts 8.5 hours of children's educational programming each weekday.
  • Delivers educational messages between programs that build learning and social skills.
  • Conducts training workshops and events to help parents, teachers, and caregivers use television as a positive force in children's lives through reading, music, hands-on activities, and active discussion.
  • Collaborates with local child care providers, Even Start and Head Start programs, schools, libraries and museums to extend community based learning opportunities.
  • Coordinates multimedia and multifaceted educational outreach events through the use of specific children's programming to help prepare children for the formal education system.
  • Produces podcasts, videos, and narrated powerpoints to educate New York City parents on crucial topics in New York City children's education.
  • Advocates for and raises awareness of early care and education issues through conferences, workshops, and events.
For more information, call the Ready to Learn helpline at 212.560.2713 or visit

To learn more about Ready To Learn, visit PBS.

Major support for Thirteen's Ready To Learn Service for caregivers and parents of pre-schoolers is made possible by the Sirus Foundation; with additional support from the Talaris Institute; Bloomingdale's Fund of the Federated Department Stores Foundation; Planet Dog Foundation; Banfield Charitable Trust; KCET; the New York City Department of Education's Office of Early Childhood Education; and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
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Thirteen's Ready To Learn service works with community-based organizations, childcare networks, Even Start and Head Start programs, and research institutions to extend learning opportunities.
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Contact Information

To learn more about Thirteen/WNET's Ready To Learn Service please contact our helpline at 212.560.2713 or email

Site Credits

Senior Producer
Sandy Goldberg
Director, Early Literacy
Susan Kim Bachar
Content Manager
Karen Lee
Jenna Bonistalli
Director, Educational Technologies
Brigitte Magar Matsuoka
Technical Producer
Chie Witt
Art Director
Sabina Daley
Radik Shvarts
HTML Implementation
Brian Santalone

Education Staff

Project Coordinator, Family Literacy
Karen Lee
Associate Director, State and Local Education Services
Kimberly Mullaney
Director, State & Local Education Services
Jon Rubin
Vice President & Director, Education
Ron Thorpe

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