Raising Readers


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Raising Readers (formerly Ready to Learn) literacy initiative is PBS’s ongoing contribution to the fulfillment of our nation’s foremost educational goal – making sure all children begin school ready to learn. The goals are:

  • For parents to recognize and appreciate their role as their children’s first and primary teacher
  • For children to have fun while developing an enthusiasm and love for learning — by watching educational and literacy-based children’s programs
  • For caregivers to enrich their educational programs with new ways of teaching through Public Television

Award winning PBS Kids television programs include Arthur, Electric Company, Super Why, Sesame Street, WordWorld and Word Girl. To visit the Raising Readers Web site click here. For more information on literacy programming visit PBSKids.org.

Through Raising Readers, WTVI provides free community workshops, children’s books, curriculum materials and resources for area parents, teachers and day care providers. The workshops are designed to train adults to teach children the basic literacy skills that will help them enter school ready to learn and succeed throughout life. School readiness skills addressed during the workshops include:

  •  language development
  • print concepts
  • verbal ability
  • phonological awareness
  • family literacy

For more information about WTVI’s Raising Readers initiative, contact Bev Dorn-Steele, (704) 371-8840 or bds@wtvi.org.