The goal of WMHT's Ready To Learn service is to strengthen early literacy skills and prepare children for success in school, as well as encouraging adults to watch television and videos with children, use PBS’ educationally-sound children’s programs and online resources as tools for learning at home, at school and at day care: to reinforce learning anytime, anywhere.
For four decades, the public media system has worked to improve literacy among the country's most disadvantaged children. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) has released a report, Findings from Ready To Learn: 2005-2010 (PDF), developed with cooperation from PBS and the U.S. Department of Education, that reaffirms the important role public media plays in educating children ages 2-8.
Through Ready To Learn workshops, parents and early childhood educators learn how to use activities, books, PBS programs and digital resources to strengthen educational concepts for children. For workshop information, or to inquire about scheduling a workshop, call (518) 880-3484 or e-mail us.
'It All Adds Up' is a local effort to help Capital Region-area families build kids’ math skills. Through this effort, WMHT aims to boost math learning at home – and everywhere – by providing resources for kids and parents. Click here to get more information about the 'It All Adds Up' effort.
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Raising Readers Library Corners
WMHT Educational Telecommunications is one of over 30 PBS stations expanding the PBS Kids Raising Readers Library Corners program in local libraries across the country. WMHT is partnering with three libraries in our community to expand this initiative, which will now reach over 1,254,655 children and families across New York State. The three libraries involved are Granville–Pember Library and Museum, Schenectady Public Library and the Lansingburgh Branch of the Troy Public Library. Find a Raising Readers Library Corner in other New York State regions here.
The Library Corners are designed and equipped to give children aged two to eight the opportunity to strengthen their literacy skills through free, fun materials that feature friendly and beloved PBS characters. These spaces, either at local public libraries or school libraries, offer a place where children can play literacy games on the computer, read a book or watch an educational, interactive DVD.