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$20 million

In recognition of the vital role that quality early education experiences play in improving school readiness for our nation’s children, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), and local public media stations have together committed $58 million, including $20 million in newly dedicated funds, to expand the scope and reach of the U.S. Department of Education Ready To Learn (RTL) Grant program. Through a combination of Ready To Learn resources and new funds from the recently-established American Graduate/PBS KIDS Fund, CPB and PBS are serving as a nexus of local, national, public, private, and not-for-profit partnerships to provide greater access to high-quality educational media and digital learning tools. These public organizations will increase the amount of free, high-quality content created and distributed to enrich early learning experiences in more homes, child care centers, and classrooms, deploy innovative approaches to improving early education including free digital tools to help parents support their children’s learning, and expand professional development opportunities for the early learning workforce.