Annenberg Study Reinforces Value of Public Television-Based Intervention in Promoting Early Literacy

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Media Contact:Joe Diorio | jdiorio@asc.upenn.edu | 215-746-1798August 19, 2010

An award-winning children’s PBS KIDS program, Between the Lions, when combined with teachers who are equipped with curriculum materials and who have received training, has consistently demonstrated its effectiveness in developing better reading skills for preschool children.            

That is one result of an ongoing analysis of the Federally-funded “Ready to Learn” program, by the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication. The School’s Children and Media Lab has measured reading and literacy skills of public school students who participated in a program based classroom intervention using Between the Lions, related curriculum materials, and teachers who were trained to use the coursework.

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