Applications for New Awards; Ready-To-Learn Television
Purpose of Program: The Ready-to-Learn Television Program (Ready-to-Learn) is designed to: (1) Facilitate school readiness and academic achievement by supporting the development and national distribution of educational television and interactive media programming for preschool and elementary school children and their parents(2) develop and disseminate educational outreach materials and programs that are designed to deepen and extend the effectiveness of the educational television and interactive media and (3) build social and virtual communities of parents, educators, and children devoted to using the media materials
Type of Award: Cooperative agreements.
Estimated Available Funds:$25,621,000 for FY 2015.
Estimated Range of Awards:$4,000,000-$12,000,000 for the first year of the project.
Estimated Average Size of Awards:$8,000,000 for the first year of the project; $40,000,000 over five years.
Estimated Number of Awards: 3 . . . an entity must be a public telecommunications entity
The University of Michigan reports, “TV viewing starts earlier than other forms of media—often beginning before age two. In recent years, TV, video and DVD programs geared to babies and toddlers have come on the market—and now even a cable channel for babies. We don’t know yet what effect TV-viewing by babies may have on their development. We do know that time spent watching TV replaces time spent interacting with caregivers and other children. Social interaction is critical to a baby’s healthy development.”
“The Parents as Teachers National Center says that young children need to “explore, move, manipulate, smell, touch and repeat as they learn.” Research tells us that watching television or sitting in front of a screen does not increase attention, promote social skills, or foster creative play. Children should engage in the activities they need to help them develop their bodies and brains instead of watching television.” The University of Maine
Our federal government is willing to support three vendors with $40,000,000 over the next five years to develop a television show and six to ten vendors with only $2,500,000, to discover and develop the gifts and talents of America’s children.
Our children deserve to live in a “real” world that appreciates and respects their gifts and talents.
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